Churchill Alemao

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Churchill Braz Alemao
4th Chief Minister of Goa
In office
27 March 1990 – 14 April 1990
Governor Gopal Singh
Preceded by Pratapsingh Rane
Succeeded by Luis Proto Barbosa
Constituency Navelim
Personal details
Born 16 May 1949 (age 77)
Carmona, Goa, Portuguese India
Political party Nationalist Congress Party
Spouse(s) Smt. Fatima Fernandes Alemao
Children 1 son (Savio Valen Alemao) and 5 daughters (Valanka Alemao, Sharon Alemao, Aninha Alemao, Sara Anina Alemao, Wanda Alemao)
Relatives Ciabro Alemao, Late. Alvernaz Alemao, Roosevelt Alemao, Joaqium Alemao, Kennedy Alemao (all brothers)
Residence Novangully
As of 25 February, 2006

Churchill Braz Alemao is a former Chief Minister and former MP of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. He is the current MLA of Benaulim constituency in the state of Goa.

In the 1980s Churchill was allegedly involved in smuggling gold; in 1992 his brother Alvernaz Alemao was caught with a cargo of gold and was killed after a struggle with Costao Fernandes, a customs officer. The Alemao family's hold in the region was so powerful that when the customs officer went to the Colva Police Station to seek protection, they refused to do so.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Churchill was Chief Minister of Goa for a brief period in the early 1990s, and later became an MP representing the South Goa (Lok Sabha constituency) from 1996 to 1998.[1] He was arrested on 17 August 2015 in JICA scam.[2]

Founding United Goans Democratic Party[edit]

Churchill Alemao founded United Goans Democratic Party as an offshoot of United Goans Party.

Congress Days[edit]

In the late 1980s, he quit UGDP and joined Indian National Congress. He became Chief Minister for a brief period (18 days) as part of Progressive Democratic Front led by Congress. He had to resign due to the internal split in the party. After that Luis Proto Barbosa became Chief Minister.

Later, he became MP as Congress leader.

Save Goa Front[edit]

In March 2007, he quit Congress and formed a regional party Save Goa Front (SGF). The party contested 17 seats and won 2 (including him and Reginaldo Lourenco Aleixo). After the election, no party got majority and Save Goa Front joined Congress-led alliance to form government.

Return to Congress[edit]

In January 2008, he merged Save Goa Front with Congress. He continued as an MLA and Minister in Goa during this period.

March 2012 elections[edit]

In the March 2012 elections to the Legislative Assembly of Goa, he lost to independent candidate Avertano Furtado by a margin of over 2000 votes.[3] His brother Joaqium Alemao, who was then Minister in the Government of Goa, also lost as he could not retain his Cuncolim constituency.[4] Churchill Alemao's daughter Valanka and Joaquim's son Yuri also lost the 2012 elections.[5] All four candidates from the Alemao family suffered defeat.[6][7] Churchill Alemao later blamed the then Chief Minister of Goa, Digambar Kamat and the Electronic Voting Machines for his defeat.[8]

Entry into the All India Trinamool Congress[edit]

In 2014, after his daughter Valanka Alemao was denied candidature by the Indian National Congress party in the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha from the South Goa, he resigned from the Indian National Congress and announced that he would contest the polls as an independent canddiate.[9][10]

Two days later, he joined the All India Trinamool Congress party and was formally inducted in the party by Madan Mitra, a Minister of State in the Government of West Bengal. He contested the elections to the 16th Lok Sabha from the South Goa (Lok Sabha constituency) as a candidate of the All India Trinamool Congress and was defeated by Narendra Keshav Sawaikar of the Bharatiya Janata Party. Churchill polled 11,941[11] votes in these elections.[12][13]

Joining Nationalist Congress Party[edit]

On 17 October 2016 he joined Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and declared to contest election on NCP ticket.


The football team Churchill Brothers is owned by his family.[14]