log on to thegoan.net Facebook.com/thegoaneveryday @thegoaneveryday MONDAY MAY 8, 2023 GOA The Goan (Playstore) 12 pages PRICE ` 8 PANAJI MARGAO GOA VOLUME VIII, NO. 320 2 It’s back to ‘business as usual’ at wholesale fish market area GOA Sewage water in Baga river: Calangute p’yat asks police to file FIR 3 Instagram.com/thegoaneveryday RNI: GOAENG/2015/65729 INFO The causes and treatments of bloating BJP panels sweep Ponda, Sanquelim civic elections 10 SPORTS IPL: GT moves closer to playoffs with 56-run win over LSG 12 Sawant goes on whirlwind poll campaign in Belagavi Says Cong dividing people in name of caste & religion RAVI-LED PANEL WINS 10-5; SONS RITESH, ROY ROMP HOME SAWANT-LED PANEL WINS 11-1, RIVAL SAGLANI BITES THE DUST HOW THEY FARED… THE GOAN I NETWORK PANAJI Chief Minister Pramod Sawant got a huge morale booster with candidates affiliated to him winning all 10 wards of the Sanquelim Municipal Council which went into a contest and earned him a solid 11-1 control of the civic body after nearly a decade of his side sitting in the Opposition there. In Ponda too, the second civic body where polls were held and results declared on Sunday, the saffron party scored big with Agriculture Minister Ravi Naik earning an emphatic control winning nine of the thirteen contested seats. Both of Naik's sons – Ritesh and Roy – also won their respective wards fairly comfortably. Two seats apiece, in both Sanquelim and Ponda, had been won uncontested. Ponda unopposed winners both belonged to Naik-BJP panel and in Sanquelim the two seats were spilt between Sawant's Adv Pratiksha Naik who won her seat at 24, will be the youngest councillor ‘Rising Ponda’ panel floated by Ketan Bhatikar has won four seats In Ponda Two candidates – Sampada Naik and Geetali Talaulikar – both polled 402 votes. Talaulikar was eventually declared the winner after a draw of lots BJP’s Deepa Kolvekar won in Ward 10 by a solitary vote and Jyoti Naik in Ward No. 3 by three votes In Ward 12, Shivanand Sawant proved his dominance winning it for the third time In Sanquelim Saglani who is a twotime former chairperson and a multiple term councillor, lost from Ward No. 3 Praveen Blaggan who won unopposed will now be the lone occupant in the Opposition side panel and the one floated by his opposition. Praveen Blaggan of the Congress-affiliated Opposition, who won unopposed will now be the lone occupant in the Opposition side. Meanwhile, the challenge to the Sawant-Ravi duo in this round of civic elections, by Dharmesh Saglani (Congress) and Ketan Bhatikar (MGP) respectively, turned out to be rudderless eventually. Both Saglani and Bhatikar had during the 2022 assembly elections put in a spirited political challenge falling short of the chief minister and agriculture minister respectively by wafer-thin margins. IN SHORT >> Apply Knowledge. Improve Life!® The VITAL place for Higher Education ADMISSIONS OPEN - 2023 Hundreds answer NEET exams in Goa VASCO: An offence has been registered against a 63-year old woman, a resident of Valpoi, after two live bullets of .22 mm were found in her handbag at Dabolim Airport on Saturday evening. Anjuna Police book two for assault MAPUSA: Anjuna Police have booked two persons allegedly for assaulting and abusing a daughter-father duo in Assagao on Sunday. Police are on the lookout for the alleged accused – Bravin Satradekar and Ashish Gaonkar – who are on the run. >> See pg 3 WEATHER >> Max: Min: Humidity: TIDES 32 C 26 C 82% Low: 06:02 18:42 High: 13:04 23:48 As for Bhatikar who had lost to Naik by just 77 votes in the assembly election last year, there was some solace with the "Rising Ponda" panel floated by him winning four seats. According to him, his overall voter base has remained intact, having won four seats and losing three by slender one and three vote margins. Sawant, his wife Sulakshana who personally campaigned in the Sanquelim husting and BJP State president Sadanand Shet Tanavade have all congratulated the winning candidates while UNIVERSITY VALPOI: In a tragic incident, a 16-year-old minor boy who had gone for a swim in the Valvanti river at Keri, Sattari drowned on Sunday morning. According to information, Dipesh Namdev Gawas had gone along with his relatives for a swim where he suddenly drowned. His body was later pulled out from the water and was taken to Sanquelim government hospital where he was declared dead on arrival. Dipesh had recently answered his 10th exam. >> See pg 3 Woman booked for carrying bullets WARD-WISE RESULTS >> See pg 3 VIT-AP 16-year-old boy drowns at Keri PANAJI: Hundreds of Goan science stream students who just got their class XII (HSSC) results on Saturday appeared for the crucial NEET 2023 entrance exam which will decide if their quest to pursue a career as medical doctors will be fulfilled. The students sat for the all-India exam at four centres in Goa – Panaji, Ponda, Margao and Quepem. On Sunday, Saglani who is a two-time former chairperson and a multiple term councillor, himself lost from Ward No. 3 and the seat won unopposed by Blaggan is the lone victory scored by his 'Together for Sanquelim' panel. 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The battle at Ponda, meanwhile wasn't as one-sided in favour of the ruling saffron party as the Naik-BJP led panel won 10 of the 15 seats, and the Bhatikar-MGP backed 'Rising Ponda' panel captured four seats. One went to an independent candidate. Meanwhile in Ponda's Ward 15, two candidates – Sampada Naik and Geetali Talaulikar – both polled 402 votes and the deadlock remained unchanged even after a recount. Talaulikar was eventually declared the winner after a draw of lots. She will be serving a third term. The BJP’s Ponda Nagarik Samiti and Rising Ponda were in a virtual head-on battle considered as prestigious for Naik and the BJP. Among the narrow cliff-hangers, the BJP’s Deepa Kolvekar won in Ward 10 by a solitary vote and Jyoti Naik in Ward No. 3 by three votes. >Continued on P5 Chief Minister Pramod Sawant greeting people during an election campaign in Belagavi on Sunday (Right) Makes a brief halt to buy veggies from a local vendor. THE GOAN I NETWORK BELAGAVI Asserting that Congress is dividing people in the name of caste and religion, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant at a rally in Belagavi on Sunday has appealed to people to vote for the BJP on the lines of development. Sawant who is the incharge of campaigning for BJP candidates in Belagavi district was speaking at a party campaign rally in Belagavi accompanied by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The campaign commenced with a massive road show on Saturday evening in Belagavi North and on Sunday afternoon in Belagavi South constituencies. Sawant said that the BJP believes in development of all sections of the society, may it be of any caste or community. “People of Karnataka will vote for the double-engine government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress is dividing people in the name of caste and religion but we are asking people to vote for us on the lines of development and people will vote for us. Bajrang Bali issue was brought by the Congress, however, people will definite- ly vote us on the issue and we are sure of getting 10 per cent extra votes,” Sawant told a section of the media expressing confidence that BJP will surely form the next government in Karnataka with clear majority. Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister Amit Shah said that the BJP government in Karnataka will work for the overall development of Karnataka for the next five years, if it comes in power. Speaking further Shah said that Congress has been indulged in caste-based politics >Continued on P5
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