Francisco Sardinha

Francisco Sardinha
Constituency: South Goa (Goa)

Born/Date of Birthday: 15 April 1946
Place of Birth: Curtorim, Goa, Portuguese India
Political party: Indian National Congress
Educational Qualifications: B.Sc., B.Ed.
Educated at: Parvatibai Chowgule College and Nirmala Institute, Bombay University, Maharashtra
Profession: Educationist, Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Date of Marriage: 23 May 1976
Spouse(s): Columba Sardinha
Children: 3 Sons
Parents: Caetano Sardinha, Rosa Maria Sardinha
Permanent Address: Ungirim, Curtorim, Salcete, Goa - 403 803

Francisco Sardinha (born 15 April 1946) is an Indian politician, who is serving as the Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, representing South Goa constituency. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Minister of Goa from 24 November 1999 to 23 October 2000. He is a former speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly from 2005 until 2007. He is a member of the Indian National Congress political party.

Political career
Sardinha was a member of the Goa Legislative Assembly from 1977-1994. He held many portfolios in the Government of Goa under the Chief Ministership of Shri Pratapsing Rane. He was elected to the 12th Lok Sabha in 1998 from Mormugao constituency in Goa.

He again became a member of the Goa Legislative Assembly in 1999 and remained in office till 2007.

In 1999, he broke away from the Indian National Congress and formed a new political party, the Goa People's Congress, and became Chief minister of a coalition government in the state. He remained in office till 2000.

Later, Sardinha's GPC merged with Indian National Congress on 5 April 2001. He became Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly in 2005.

He was elected to the 14th Lok Sabha in a by-election in November, 2007 from Mormugao. He was re-elected to the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009 from South Goa constituency.

Mr. Sardinha is credited with many pioneering contributions in Goa's development especially in education, agriculture, and sports. In his last term as Member of Parliament (2009-2014), he was appointed Chairman of the Estimates Committee, the most prestigious committee of Lok Sabha. He was the 25th Chairman of the Committee since 1950 and one of the five longest-serving Chairmen.

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