log on to thegoan.net SATURDAY AUGUST 13, 2022 @thegoaneveryday 16 pages PRICE ` 8 Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday The Goan (Playstore) PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 57 3 Tiswadi MLAs to find going tough in getting hold over panchayats Sopte, Arlekar, Arolkar claim control of VPs in Pernem Spouses, kith and kin make it to panchayats in Salcete 82 year old wins in Ona-Maulinguem DETAILED REPORTS ON PAGES 2, 3 & 5 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 Goencho Ekvott panel sweeps Velsao VP, wins 5 of 7 seats Mixed results in Sanguem, many new faces in panchayats Policemen deprived of breakfast, lunch at Tiswadi counting centre Pillai wins with record margin of 646 votes in Sancoale, polls 1,065 votes THE PANCHAYAT VERDICT: CHANGE IT IS NEW FACES MAKE A MARK SEVERAL VETERANS SHOWN THE DOOR MIXED LUCK FOR POLITICAL HEAVYWEIGHTS THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI It was a celebration of democracy at the lowest denominator -- the grassroot village panchayats -- and a riot of emotions was witnessed as winners and losers saw fortunes fluctuate through the tense hours of counting of votes which progressed over several hours from 8 am on Friday. Voters from rural Goa had their say as they voted out several veterans of panchayat politics, voted in many young first timers and punctured the domination of mainstream politicians in several panchayats across the State. While in hundreds of wards the margins of victory were comfortable there were dozens of wards where the difference was in single digit. In fact in at least five wards of Saligao, Salvador-do-Mundo, Curca-Bambolim, Mandrem and Uguem panchayats there was no difference in the number of votes polled by the top two candidates. It was a tie and the winner was picked by the draw of lots, as per the rules and guidelines of election law. The elections were not fought on party lines. Nonetheless, it did not stop the FAMILY RAJ: A MIXED BAG WINNERS Sandeep Tanavade, brother of Sadanand Tanavade won from Pirna Viola Pacheo, wife of Mickky Pacheco won from Betalbatim Daniel Lobo son of Michael Lobo won from Parra Voters keenly await the panchayat election results outside the counting centre in Salcete on Friday. Santosh Mirajkar Chief Minister Pramod odology. Much of the negotiations and horse-trading Sawant from claiming that will take place over the his Bharatiya Janata next few days up unParty (BJP) won in WANT TO til the day each of an “overwhelmKNOW ing majority” of the 186 panchayats VOTES POLLED the 186 village meet to elect the BY CANDIDATES? panchayats. Log on to our website: sarpanch and deputy sarpanch. Sawant said he thegoan.net The counting bebases his claims on gan at 8 am at 21 centres the fact that majority of across the 12 talukas and the the winners are “affiliated” to fortunes of as many as 5,038 his party. Politicians (ministers and candidates who vied for 1,400 MLAs) and political parties wards were decided. As many claim wins by showcasing al- as 64 candidates had already legiance of the winners by a been declared elected without surrogate, semi-formal meth- a contest -- 41 from North Goa and 23 from South Goa. Among the politicians who suffered a setback of sorts in their respective constituencies were Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte and Leader of Opposition Michael Lobo in North Goa. In South Goa, Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar was dealt a severe blow as he managed to gain a stranglehold in just Gaondongrem and Cotigao. Tawadkar’s wife Savita however won her seat in the Poinguinim panchayat. >Continued on P5 Josleen D’Silva, wife of Savio D’Silva won in Velim Sharon D’Costa, daughter of Churchill Alemao won from Varca Savita Tawadkar, wife of Ramesh Tawadkar won from Poinguinim Five couples in Salcete win in Benaulim, Loutolim & Betalbatim 5 candidates win by draw of lots PANAJI: The contest in at least five wards in panchayats across the State went down to the wire and the top two candidates polled equal number of votes, forcing a draw of lots. The ex-Sarpanch of Curca, Maria Lena da Cunha polled 277 votes as had her rival Anand Verlekar but the former won. In Bardez, former sarpanch of Saligao Eknath Oraskar was unlucky with the draw of lots. Oraskar polled the same 163 votes as his rival Ramdas Konadkar but the latter returned lucky. In Salvador the Mundo’s ward 5, the tie between Krishnanath Chodankar and Deepraj Naik had to be broken by lots and it went in favour of the former. In Mandrem panchayat, Rajesh Mandrekar and Kishore Shet Mandrekar polled 189 votes but the former was declared the winner. In Salcete’s Navelim too there was one tie with Minguel Cardozo winning by draw of lots. LOSERS In Aquem-Baixo, BJP leader Damu Naik and wife Deepa lost Husband-duo former sarpanch Fondu Naik & Milan Naik from Guirim shown the door Trupti & Ramnath Bandodkar from Nachinola and Anurag & Shalu Gupta from Penha de Franca lost Clean sweep for BJP, claims CM PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday claimed that the BJP has made a clean sweep in over 150 of the 186 panchayats whose results were declared. In the remaining panchayats too, around 50% of the candidates who won are affiliated to BJP, he said. BJP State President Tanavade also claimed nearly 800 to 900 of the 1464 wards have been won by BJP candidates. HOW THE MLAs FARED MICHAEL LOBO In Calangute, only three supporters of Lobo won and two other Independents emerged winners in the 11-member body. Joseph Sequeira made a comeback winning his own seat and five more ROHAN KHAUNTE Khaunte failed to make a clean sweep but managed to keep his stranglehold on Penha-de-Franca. In Salvador do Mundo, just three of his candidates won while Socorro was a mixed bag RAMESH TAWADKAR In a major jolt to the panels floated by Canacona MLA and Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar, four of the six panchayats in Canacona -Shrishthal, Gaondongrim, Poinguinim and Loliem-Polem -- slipped out of his hands
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