Sankhalim: Late Dr Suresh Amonkar was elected to the Goa Legislative Assembly from Pale Assembly constituency (which is currently named as Sankhalim Assembly segment) in 1999 and 2002 elections.
He was minister of Health, Social Welfare and Labour and Employment in then Fransisco Sardinha led government, which was supported by BJP between 1999-2002. He was also Minister for Health, Labour and Employment in then Manohar Parrikar-led government.
He lost the election to a Congress candidate in the year 2007.
He contested as an independent candidate against current chief minister Pramod Sawant in the year 2012, when he lost again.
He joined rebel RSS leader Subhash Velingkar’s Goa Suraksha Manch in November 2016 and unsuccessfully fought 2017 Goa Legislative Assembly election from Sankhalim Assembly segment.