Convicted Goa MLA seeks pardon on grounds of hypertension

In an unprecedented and unanimous decision, the BJP-led coalition government in Goa resolved to grant pardon to Pacheco, a former archives and archaeology minister, currently serving a six-month sentence in an assault case. Being a Catholic, Pacheco’s Goa Vikas party is of strategic importance to the BJP to attract the minority vote in the Catholic-dominated South Goa.