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Mining belt gives BJP huge backing
Times of India | 8 months ago | |
Times of India
8 months ago | |

Margao: Despite the closure of the mining industry, the mining belt voted overwhelmingly in favour of BJP. The belt comprises Sanvordem, Sanguem, Curchorem, Quepem, Mayem, Bicholim, Sanquelim, Tivim and Poriem constituencies, and seven of these have been won by BJP. The stakeholders appeared to place their hopes and trust in BJP which gave the people the assurance of early resumption of mining activities that would hopefully lead to restoration of jobs and revival of the rural economy of the mining belt. In North Goa, BJP retained Sanquelim, Mayem, Tivim and Poriem, but lost Bicholim. In South Goa, BJP lost Quepem and won Sanguem, Curchorem and Sanvordem. “Loss of livelihoods indeed hurts the mining dependents, and there is anger against the government for failing to resume mining activities despite many failed deadlines,” said a political observer. “However, the Congress failed to earn the trust of the mining dependents and project itself as a credible alternative to BJP. The mining belt has traditionally been a BJP stronghold, both in North Goa and South Goa.” In Sanvordem, BJP’s Ganesh Gaonkar made a comeback, defeating independent Deepak Pauskar, who had defeated him in 2017. BJP declined to nominate Pauskar this time, following which the former PWD minister rebelled and contested as an independent. Congress failed to make a serious bid to wrest the seat as, after much delay, it nominated a Sakhali-resident Khemolo Sawant as its candidate, hardly a force to reckon with. In Sanguem, BJP’s Subhash Phal Dessai defeated independent Savitri Kavlekar, while Congress candidate Prasad Gaonkar finished third. In Curchorem, BJP’s Nilesh Cabral won for the third consecutive term, while in Quepem, deputy chief minister Chandrakant Kavlekar was defeated by Congress candidate Altone D’Costa by a huge margin. “Most of the major players who contested the February 14 polls had interests in mining — they being mining transport contractors or mining traders or dealing in mining equipments, machines or spare parts — and thus the people failed to find a real alternative among the candidates in the fray who could look beyond mining while still safeguarding people’s livelihoods,” a poll watcher from the mining belt said. In 2012, the mining belt had rallied strongly behind BJP helping it to form a stable government. In 2017, though mining was not a pre-dominant issue, a multitude of factors led to the loss of two seats for BJP in South Goa. In the 2022 polls, mining did not turn out to be an emotive issue, though all political parties made it its poll plank. Failure of the government to take up the construction of the mining corridor in South Goa during the prolonged mining ban period had irked the voters. The mining bypass project from Uguem to Capxem, initially planned to be constructed in three phases by GSIDC, was abandoned midway following the mining ban in 2012. In the absence of a dedicated mining bypass, haphazard mining transportation through villages in the mining belt leads to perilous situations for pedestrians and other road users. There was no mention of completing the mining corridor by any of the political parties. Mining was a major industry, generating maximum revenue for the state. After it came to a halt, the livelihoods of over three lakh Goans have been affected either directly or indirectly. Aware that non-resumption of mining could turn out to be a major issue in the mining belt, most of the political parties, including BJP, Congress-GFP, AAP and TMC-MGP, had assured to restart mining activities within six months of forming the government during the poll campaign. Union home minister Amit Shah had even descended on Sanvordem in BJP’s door-to-door campaign.

Mining belt gives BJP huge backing
Rs 50 lakh insurance scheme for working seafarers
Times of India | 9 months ago | |
Times of India
9 months ago | |

QUEPEM: The National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) has launched a Rs 50 lakh insurance scheme for working seafarers for up to the age of 55 years. Director general of shipping Amitabh Kumar recently launched the scheme ‘NUSI Suraksha Kavach’, which is in partnership with the Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC). NUSI general secretary Abdulgani Y Serang said if a seafarer buys LIC’s Jeevan Amar policy, his family will get Rs 25 lakh in case of a natural death and Rs 50 lakh for accidental death. Seafarers with a maximum 55 years of age can opt for a minimum 10-year term and NUSI will pay half of their premium till the age of 60 years. “Any seafarer who is a regular member of NUSI and has sea experience of 24 months for the last five years are eligible for the policy,” Serang said. He added that the seafarers are covered by insurance for any eventuality regarding death and disability only when they are onboard the ship and are not eligible for insurance when they are on leave. tnn Serang said the Seafarers Welfare Fund Society (SWFS) has been discussing this issue for long time and that he has written to the director general of shipping, requesting him to extend the benefit of medical insurance to all ranks of seafarers and their families when they are on leave as per the SWFS guidelines. Serang, who is also the vice chairman of International Transport Federation, Asia Pacific Region, said the initiative is a part of the celebration of the union’s 125 years of existence.

Rs 50 lakh insurance scheme for working seafarers
Police personnel asked to ensure free and fair elections
Navhind Times | 9 months ago | |
Navhind Times
9 months ago | |

Staff ReporterMargaoAbhishek Dhania, South Goa Superintendent of Police and Sub Divisional Police Officers (SDPOs) from the south district briefed the police personnel in connection with the assembly election scheduled on February 14.The briefing session was held on Saturday at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao and it was attended by police staff from South Goa.Over 800 police personnel from the district police stations, central pool and home guards and others attended the session.Sub Divisional Police Officers from Margao, Quepem and Ponda, in their address, told the police personnel that each one should take all steps to ensure free and fair elections by maintaining law and order and ensuring peaceful atmosphere.A senior police officer told this daily that in order to instill a sense of security among voters, besides strengthening law and order for the assembly elections, the South Goa police are conducting a thorough checking at important places like the railway stations, main highways, bus stands and busy areas.“We are fully geared up to maintain peace so that the polls can be conducted peacefully,” he said.Sources said that nine companies of paramilitary forces have arrived in South Goa and deployed in Salcete, Quepem and Ponda talukas. These include the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).They have been posted at several important places along with the local police station personnel. Joint teams of paramilitary forces along with the local policemen are conducting day and night patrolling, especially in vulnerable areas, as part of confidence-building measures.Meanwhile, the Salcete police have intensified checking of vehicles with the help of traffic police, besides putting in place other security measures.

Police personnel asked to ensure free and fair elections
Quepem police station doubles up as food bank
Times of India | 9 months ago | |
Times of India
9 months ago | |

Panaji: The Sangolda-based food bank, which recently expanded its work of rescuing homeless persons with disabilities to Quepem, has added yet another facility to its services. A fridge has been installed at the Quepem police station where people can deposit extra cooked food, which will then be distributed to those in need there. “People from this area and surrounding areas often wish to give food at night, but our shelter home closes by 9pm. Police stations are open 24 hours and that’s a big advantage,” said one of the volunteers. The fridge has been donated by a benefactor. “With food inflation rising and commercial gas cylinders now costing Rs 2,150, food bank fridges are our only solution to feeding more homeless people,” a volunteer from Curchorem, Akash Pednekar, said. Extra food packed in plastic bags or silver foil bags can be deposited in the fridge at night and in the morning it will be taken to shelter homes by the volunteers. During the day, when the fridge is empty, it will be used by the staff of the police station to store water bottles. The fridge will be cleaned and maintained by the volunteers. Once this concept catches on at Quepem police station, the organisation will look at installing fridges at police stations in areas where its shelter homes are located by approaching the inspectors concerned. “The day police inspectors understand that a small fridge is worth installing in their stations, we will be back on track of saving good food from being thrown out and using it to feed hundreds if not thousands,” one volunteer said.

Quepem police station doubles up as food bank
Centres for absentee voting in South Goa
Navhind Times | 9 months ago | |
Navhind Times
9 months ago | |

Panaji: District election officer (DEO) South has notified the date and time for the category of absentee voters that is senior citizens (above 80 years of age), Persons with Disability (PwD) flagged in the electoral roll, COVID-19 suspect or affected persons and absentee voters on essential services (AVES).For voters above 80 years of age, PwD and COVID-19 category, voting through postal ballot are scheduled till February 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.For AVES category, voting is scheduled till February 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the postal voting centres (PVC) that is for assembly constituency Ponda, the PVC is office of Mamlatdar Ponda, 3rd Floor Govt. Building; for Shiroda, PVC is government primary school, Bazaar Shiroda; for Mormugao, PVC is Ravindra Bhavan-Baina; for Vasco, PVC is Mata Secondary School No. 1, Baina-Vasco; for Dabolim, PVC is Government Middle School, Alto Dabolim; for Cortalim, the PVC is M.E.S. College, Zuarinagar; for Fatorda, PVC is room no. 109, First Floor, Mathany Saldanha Administrative Complex, Margao; for Benaulim, PVC is Holy Family High School, Seraulim; for Navelim, PVC is Office of Industrial Training Institute (NorthWing), Aquem Baixo; for Cuncolim, PVC is Govt. Primary School, Gudi (East wing); for Velim, PVC is Mount Mary Higher Secondary School, Chinchinim; for Quepem, PVC is Courtroom of Joint Mamlatdar-II, Quepem; for Curchorem, PVC is Chamber of Member Secretary, Ravindra Bhavan Curchorem; for Sanguem, PVC is Office of Deputy Collector and SDO, Sanguem and Canacona, PVC is Office of Mamlatdar, Canacona.DEO has further mentioned that the absentee voters who have applied for postal ballot facility as on cutoff date January 26, 2022 and the list of the absentee voters whose application under form 12D have been received in time and are in order, have been prepared by respective ROs, and now the process of delivery of postal ballot paper to and voting by the above referred absentee voters will commence.Separate teams of polling officers will be visiting the registered address of the absentee voters in the category voters above 80 years of age, PwD and COVID-19 category, as informed by the Department of Information and Publicity.

Centres for absentee voting in South Goa
Illegal liquor, tobacco products seized
Navhind Times | 9 months ago | |
Navhind Times
9 months ago | |

Staff ReporterMargao/ Mapusa/CanaconaThe Quepem police, headed by PI Deepak Pedneker, conducted a raid on Tuesday on a storehouse situated at Avedem in Quepem and seized unauthorised liquor.According to Quepem police, a total of 1,902 bottles of liquor of different brands, all worth `4,78,350, was seized in the raid. PI Pedneker said that the seized liquor was sent to the local excise office for further action. The Quepem police also conducted two separate raids at two locations and seized illegally stored liquor worth `78,273.In a similar raid, Mapusa police seized 87 cartons of beer worth `88,000 in a raid conducted at D’Mello waddo in Canca. As per information, the beer stock had no valid documents. According to information available, acting on a specific information, the Mapusa police under the supervision of PI Neenad Deulkar, PSI Viraj Korgaonkar along with the police staffon Tuesday conducted a raid at Canca from where the illegally stored beer was seized. The police conducted a panchanama and seized the stock which was later handed over to the Bardez excise department for further action.Meanwhile, the Canacona police seized a vehicle at Polem check post on Sunday for transporting illegal tobacco products from Karnataka into Goa.Police sources said that acting on a tip-off about the illegal tobacco consignment and as per the instructions of PI Pravin Gawas, a vehicle was intercepted at the border and upon thorough checking, packages containing 120 bags of paan masala worth `32,90,282 and 34 bags of scented chewing tobacco worth `9,09,626 were found.The total seizure, including the vehicle, was estimated at Rs 53,69,908, said the police and an offence under section 87 (f) of the Goa Daman and Diu Public Health Act, 1985 has been registered at the Canacona police station.

Illegal liquor, tobacco products seized
Filipe Nery quits BJP, joins NCP
Navhind Times | 10 months ago | |
Navhind Times
10 months ago | |

Staff ReporterPanajiFilipe Nery Rodrigues joined the Nationalist Congress Party on Thursday, hours after resigning as the Fisheries Minister, as an MLA and also from the primary membership of the Bharatiya Janata Party.He will contest the February 14 assembly elections as an NCP candidate from the Velim assembly constituency. Rodrigues had defected to the BJP from the Congress in July 2019 along with nine other legislators of that party.He was rewarded with cabinet berth in the Sawant government. Welcoming Rodrigues into the party, senior NCP leader Praful Patel declared that the former Velim MLA would be an NCP candidate for the polls.Goa elections in-charge of the NCP Jitendra Awhad and other leaders were present at the event organised at a Bambolim-based hotel.Patel announced six more candidates of the party to contest the polls – Ravindra Talaulikar for Madkai, Godfrey Lima (Thivim), Aloshan D’Silva (Quepem), Domicio Barreto (Sanguem), Francisco Xavier alias MickkyPacheco (Nuvem) and Rodrigues (Velim).Speaking on the occasion, Patel said, “The NCP is a secular party, and people of Goa have always accepted it with open arms. It is very clear that no party will get an absolute majority in Goa.”Patel maintained that the NCP had made an offer to the Congress to jointly contest the assembly polls, but in vain.“It is Congress’ misfortune that they did not form an alliance with us. We will show the power of the Shiv Sena-NCP alliance in the Goa assembly elections. Only our party will come to power,” he claimed.Remarking that the NCP has always tried to keep like-minded forces together, Patel said the Congress’ vacillation after the 2017 assembly elections resulted in the BJP forming government in Goa although the Goa Forward Party and the NCP had been ready with their letters of support to the Congress.

Filipe Nery quits BJP, joins NCP
Demand for notifying 14 traffic cells as police stations
Navhind Times | 10 months ago | |
Navhind Times
10 months ago | |

Will enable traffic police to register FIRsPanaji: There is a demand from senior police officials to notify the existing 14 traffic cells in the state as police stations which will enable them (traffic police) to register the FIR’s in traffic related matters.Currently the traffic police have to lodge complaints related to traffic issues/violations with the local police stations in order to register an FIR.Sources in the police department informed that the issue pertaining to the demand for notifying the traffic police stations is being examined by top level police officials.In the last eight days, the Goa police have registered over 80 FIR’s in connection with drunken driving/riding cases based on the complaints lodged by the concerned traffic police personnel.The traffic police had launched a special drive against drunk driving/riding in order to bring in deterrence and have been registering offences under the IPC sections apart from the Motor Vehicle Act against those found driving/riding under the influence of alcohol.A senior police officer said that once the traffic police stations are notified then not only cases related to traffic violations but the traffic police can also register FIR’s in road accident cases and conduct investigation.“Already the local police have to look after different types of cases, investigations and so on. If the traffic police stations are notified, it will give them (traffic police) powers to register FIR and conduct investigation. This will definitely help the local police stations as a sizable number of cases will be dealt with by the traffic police”, informed an officer.Last year 2,844 accidents were reported in the state which saw 226 deaths. The 14 traffic cells are at Panaji, Mapusa, Calangute, Anjuna, Pernem, Bicholim, Ponda, Margao, Vasco, Curchorem, Dabolim airport, Colva, Canacona and Quepem.The traffic cells comprise over 600 traffic police personnel.

Demand for notifying 14 traffic cells as police stations
Goa polls 2022: BJP says candidates best represent peoples aspirations
Times of India | 10 months ago | |
Times of India
10 months ago | |

Panaji: Despite having serious criminal offences right from rape to offence against property and corruption, BJP in Goa has chosen seven of its candidates as it “firmly believes that they can best represent the aspirations of the people and share a good rapport with the people of the constituency”. The seven include Rohan Khaunte for Porvorim, Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate for Panaji, revenue minister Jennifer Monserrate for Taleigao, transport minister Mauvin Godinho for Dabolim, deputy chief minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar for Quepem, Govind Gaude for Priol and Krishna Salkar for Vasco. Interestingly, they have made it to BJP’s first list of 34 candidates ahead of others without criminal cases against them. The party has justified its decision by saying that they have been involved in social work and that there was no other person who could better represent the voice of the people of the area. The party’s justification about the criminal antecedents of the seven candidates has been given in a public notice as per the requirement of the Election Commission of India. The criminal cases range from offences against property, rape, damage to public property, agitation and corruption, among others. As per the party, Khaunte has been chosen as he has a two-term experience as MLA and has been minister for revenue, IT, labour and employment, and planning and statistics. Additionally, he has been awarded the ‘Adarsh Yuva Vidhayak Puraskar’. BJP has also stated that Khaunte has worked tirelessly for the underprivileged, women empowerment, students and has carried out social activities. “The chargesheet does not indicate any direct involvement of the candidate (Khaunte) for the offence charged. Documents show that he was a non-executive director who was not involved in the day-to-day affairs of the company and was not incharge and was not responsible for the conduct of the business of the company in 2009-2010. Therefore, offence against the candidate is not serious and the candidate is best available,” BJP general secretary stated in a public notice. On the party’s decision to choose the Monserrate couple, it was stated that they are very senior politicians who have been actively engaged in social service in their respective constituencies for the past many years and have been found to have a good understanding of the ground situation and share a good voter rapport. Gaude, who embraced BJP recently, was also chosen for his engagement in social service and as he is an active voice representing the interest of the ST communities in the state for the past many years. Godinho, too, made it to BJP’s first list as he was found to have a good understanding of the ground situation and shared a good rapport with his voters. Kavlekar, BJP stated it chose as he is an active social worker espousing the cause of farmers, forest dwellers and the marginalised sections of the society. He was chosen over other candidates without criminal antecedents as he has been representing the people of Quepem in the zilla panchayat as well as in the House on consecutive occasions and has been vocal for the rightful claims of the people without any gender, cast or religious bias. A new face for BJP in Vasco, Salkar’s selection was attributed to his activeness in the social and political sphere and because he has been an active voice in raising issues of political importance. “The case at hand is a politically motivated case where the accused along with the local public gheraoed the complainant. False case has been registered against the accused,” the BJP general secretary stated.

Goa polls 2022: BJP says candidates best represent peoples aspirations
Spurned by BJP, Savitri to contest as independent
Times of India | 10 months ago | |
Times of India
10 months ago | |

Quepem: Denied the BJP ticket for Sanguem, deputy chief minister Chandrakant Kavlekar’s wife, Savitri, on Thursday announced that she will contest the February 14 assembly election as an independent. She has resigned from the party. BJP, which released its first list on Thursday, named former MLA Subhas Phal Dessai as its Sanguem candidate. “The people of Sanguem are my ticket. I don’t need any party’s ticket to contest the polls. Congress and BJP workers are with me. My supporters have told me to contest as an independent,” Savitri told reporters, adding that her aim is to defeat the BJP candidate in Sanguem. She was appointed vice president of BJP’s mahila wing after she along with her husband joined BJP in 2019. Savitri had contested the 2017 assembly polls on the Congress ticket, but lost to then independent candidate Prasad Gaonkar. Recently, Goankar joined Congress. He has been given the party’s Sanguem ticket. “I was promised a ticket but they have (BJP functionaries) backstabbed me. I have worked tirelessly for the past five years in Sanguem taluka and have carried out several development works,” she said. She said BJP has given tickets to two families — Monserrate and Rane — but denied her a ticket on the ground that two people in the same family can’t be given tickets. The party ought to apply the same rule to all. Councilor Meshu D’Costa and Sangam Naik have also resigned from the BJP along with 33 booth-level committee members.

Spurned by BJP, Savitri to contest as independent
Quepem roll: 1.4k applications for inclusion rejected
Times of India | 10 months ago | |
Times of India
10 months ago | |

Quepem: The electoral returning officer for Quepem assembly constituency has rejected 1,470 new applications for enrolments of names on the electoral roll, as most of them who are migrants had submitted false documents. The number of applications received were 2,363, out of which 883 were accepted. The officer, who is Quepem mamlatdar Prataprao Gaonkar, told TOI that he had given sufficient opportunities to the applicants to produce documentary evidence for enrolment. “We have sent notices to almost all the rejected applicants to appear before the officer to give them natural justice. Out of 1,470 rejected applicants, only 40 attended the hearing,” Gaonkar said. Gaonkar said all election guidelines were followed while rejecting those forms. Officials told TOI that more than 300 persons, all migrants who applied to registered their names on electoral rolls, do not have their own houses, but had given only one house number as a proof of residence. “300 persons cannot live in a single house,” said the officer. Sources said that the house number submitted in the form belongs to a former councillor of Quepem Municipal Council. Jofton D’Costa, brother of Quepem Congress candidate Altone D’Costa, had filed a compliant at Quepem police station and deputy collector of Quepem to act against the “forged application” submitted by migrants before the returning officer for inclusion of their names on the electoral roll. D’Costa stated that the migrants had not filled in police verification forms as per government guidelines. D’Costa also requested to initiate action against the owner who have illegally kept them on rental basis and for failing to comply with the mandatory provision of law.

Quepem roll: 1.4k applications for inclusion rejected
Goa: Speeding drunk driver rams into nakabandi at Colva, kills 2 cops
Times of India | 10 months ago | |
Times of India
10 months ago | |

COLVA: Two policemen on ‘nakabandi’ duty on the Margao-Colva road were killed when a speeding car driven by Craig Rodrigues, who was allegedly drunk, ran over them on Saturday night. Constable Shailesh Gaonkar, 30, from Balli-Quepem and attached to the Colva police station, died on the spot, while Indian Reserve Battalion constable Vishwas Deykar, 30, breathed his last while being shifted to hospital. Colva PI Melson Colaco said that at 12.10am, the car driven by Rodrigues, 31, crashed into the ‘nakabandi’ barricades, rammed into the policemen and hit their two-wheelers. The car then crashed into a stationary car before turning turtle. The impact of the high-speed collision was such that the wreckage of one of the two-wheelers was flung on to a parked car. Rodrigues’ car, too, was badly damaged, police said. Police sources said that Rodrigues and another friend (in a different car) were speeding when they lost control before the barricades. “The accused was intoxicated, and we have sent his blood sample for testing,” said Colaco. Rodrigues has been arrested for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and rash and negligent driving. The state government will pay an ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore to the family of the deceased, DGP I D Shukla said. CM Pramod Sawant has also offered a post of LDC or PSI to the next of kin of the bereaved family, said Shukla, who attended the last rites of the constable. In another accident in Maina-Curtorim early on Monday morning, a couple was killed in an accident after a four-wheeler rammed into their two-wheeler. Relatives and locals refused to hand over the bodies for post-mortem, and blocked the road.

Goa: Speeding drunk driver rams into nakabandi at Colva, kills 2 cops
  • Speeding drunk driver rams into nakabandi at Colva, kills 2 cops
  • Times of India

    Colva: Two policemen on ‘nakabandi’ duty on the Margao-Colva road were killed when a speeding car driven by Craig Rodrigues, who was allegedly drunk, ran over them on Saturday night. Constable Shailesh Gaonkar, 30, from Balli-Quepem and attached to the Colva police station, died on the spot, while Indian Reserve Battalion constable Vishwas Deykar, 30, breathed his last while being shifted to hospital. Colva PI Melson Colaco said that at 12.10am, the car driven by Rodrigues, 31, crashed into the ‘nakabandi’ barricades, rammed into the policemen and hit their two-wheelers. The car then crashed into a stationary car before turning turtle. The impact of the high-speed collision was such that the wreckage of one of the two-wheelers was flung on to a parked car. Rodrigues’ car, too, was badly damaged, police said. Police sources said that Rodrigues and another friend (in a different car) were speeding when they lost control before the barricades. “The accused was intoxicated, and we have sent his blood sample for testing,” said Colaco. Rodrigues has been arrested for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and rash and negligent driving. The state government will pay an ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore to the family of the deceased, DGP I D Shukla said. CM Pramod Sawant has also offered a post of LDC or PSI to the next of kin of the bereaved family, said Shukla, who attended the last rites of the constable. In another accident in Maina-Curtorim early on Monday morning, a couple was killed in an accident after a four-wheeler rammed into their two-wheeler. Relatives and locals refused to hand over the bodies for post-mortem, and blocked the road.

Goa Election 2022: Secret ballot gives BJP insight into karyakartas preferences
Times of India | 10 months ago | |
Times of India
10 months ago | |

Margao: BJP on Wednesday held a secret ballot exercise at the party’s district office in Margao to gauge the popularity of aspiring candidates before finalising the candidature for various constituencies of South Goa. A similar exercise was conducted for North Goa constituencies in Panaji on Tuesday. The ballot was conducted in the presence of CM Pramod Sawant, Union minister G Kishan Reddy, national secretary of BJP in-charge of Goa, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, C T Ravi, party’s general secretary (organisation) Satish Dhond, and others. The exercise was conducted for four to five constituencies of South Goa, including Margao, Quepem and Canacona, party sources privy to the meeting told TOI. Office bearers of the party’s mandals of all South Goa constituencies attended the meeting. The ballot assumes significance as BJP is facing the threat of rebellion in several constituencies of South Goa once the tickets are announced. Aspirants who fail to get the ticket are likely to work against the party candidate or contest as independent candidates as, as one political observer put it, “the BJP leadership is facing a tremendous trust deficit among its cadre”. “The outcome of the secret ballot,” the political observer said, “will serve as a justification for denial of tickets to those rejected by the party.” In Margao, though BJP has zeroed in on deputy chief minister Manohar Ajgaonkar after Jagannath ‘Desh’ Prabhudessai withdrew from the fray citing factionalism within the party, BJP is apprehensive about the Pernem MLA’s acceptability among the upper caste voters in Margao. The town has always been represented by a Saraswat brahmin in the assembly. In Canacona, incumbent MLA Isidore Fernandes, who had defected to BJP from Congress in 2019, as well as former minister Ramesh Tawadkar, are strong contenders for the BJP ticket. In Quepem, though deputy chief minister Chandrakant ‘Babu’ Kavlekar appears to be in the safe zone, his wife Savitri is a strong contender for the party ticket in neighboring Sanguem constituency along with former MLA Subhash Phal Dessai. Sawant told reporters that a meeting of the party’s parliamentary board will be held on January 16 in Delhi to finalise candidates. Sawant, as well as BJP president Sadanand Tanavade, will be attending the meeting. “Names of those shortlisted in most constituencies have already gone to the party leadership, rest will be sent soon. The list will be declared after the meeting,” Sawant said.

Goa Election 2022: Secret ballot gives BJP insight into karyakartas preferences