Speaker’s wife set to be sarpanch of Poinguinim p’yat

Times of India | 3 months ago | 22-08-2022 | 04:23 am

Speaker’s wife set to be sarpanch of Poinguinim p’yat

Canacona: Assembly speaker and Canacona MLA Ramesh Tawadkar has gotten his wife Savita’s name approved for the post of Poinguinim sarpanch.Sources said that the local MLA called all the panch-elects from the respective panchayats of Agonda, Cotigao, Poinguinim and Shristhal for a discussion on the formation of a new panchayat body on SaturdayAfter "guiding" and taking feedback from the newly elected panchs, the Tawadkar camp is learnt to have announced the names of the candidates as unanimous choices for the posts of sarpanchs and deputy sarpanchs.A media post from the speaker’s Canacona office stated, “The newly elected panch members of Poinguinim panchayat met the speaker to discuss the newly formed panchayat. It was unanimously decided to propose the name of Savita Tawadkar for the post of the sarpanch and Sunil Paiginkar for the post of deputy sarpanch of Poinguinim panchayat”.At Agonda, Fatima Rodrigues’ name has been proposed for the post of sarpanch and Prettal Fernandes for deputy sarpanch.Anandu Desai’s name has been proposed for Cotigao sarpanch and Punam Gaonkar as his deputy.For Shristhal panchayat, Sejjal Gaonkar has been chosen for the post of sarpanch and Shiva Deshmukh as the deputy sarpanch.Pratija Bandekar and Chandrakant Sudhir have been tipped for the post of sarpanch and deputy sarpanch respectively for Loliem-Polem panchayat. Yeshwant (Dhillon) Dessai, who returned to the Gaondongrim panchayat after 25 years, will file for the post of sarpanch.The names for sarpanch and deputy sarpanch of Khola village panchayat will be finalised on Monday.

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