MARGAO: In all together 131 nominations have been received from 115 candidates for the 25-ward Margao Municipal Council.
In two wards that is ward no 13 and 7, the BJP has got a setback as their strong karykartas filed there nominations as independents.
Meanwhile ex-Councillor of Damu Naik has also filed nomination as independent from ward no 22.
Earlier Damu was backed by Model Margao but due to change in reservation his ward was reserved for Supreme Court and he lost his candidature and thus he decided to contest from ward no 22 as independent.
Interestingly, Digamber Kamat, Vijay Sardesai and Alexio Reginald had forged an alliance but many Congress workers and members of Fatorda block are contesting elections.
Meanwhile, Congress leader and artist Sidhnath Buyao has declared his support to alliance in a bid to keep BJP away from power.
He said has he will meet the independent and rebel candidates and will ask them to support Margao Model and Fatorda Forward panel.
Girish Chodankar’s close aid and Congress South Goa secretary Usman Khan has also filed nomination today from ward no 24.
Meanwhile, daughter Of Former Fatorda MLA Louise Alex (Mam) Cardoz Along With Group People joined BJP and she will be BJP candidate for ward no 23.
His son was deputy Chairperson in Outgoing Goa Forward panel and now he is not contesting and kept himself away from campaign.