CANACONA: After vigorous campaigning for the success of his panel fielded in all the six VPs of the Canacona constituency, GLA Speaker and Canacona MLA Ramesh Tawadkar gave his authority of stamp to elect his chosen panch-elects for electing to the posts of Sarpanch and Dy Sarpanch in four of the panchayats on Friday.
Paving the way for family raj in Poinguinim Panchayat, Speaker went ahead in getting his wife’s name proposed unanimously amongst 7 of the 9 panch-elects for the woman Reserved post of Sarpanch and later presented her congratulatory bouquet of flowers.
According to sources, Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar called all the supporting panch-elects from the respective panchayats of Agonda, Khotigao, Poinguinim and Shristhal for a joint discussion on the formation of a new panchayat body.
After guiding, briefing and taking the feedback from the newly elects, the Tawadkar camp is learnt to have announced the names of Candidates as unanimous choices for the posts of Sarpanch and Dy Sarpanch, including the name of the Speaker’s wife, Savita Tawadkar.
A media post from the Speaker’s Canacona office said, “The newly elected panch members of Poinguinim panchayat met Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar to discuss the newly formed panchayat. On this occasion, Speaker guided the newly elected panch members. It was unanimously decided to propose the name of Smt. Savita Tawadkar for the post of the Sarpanch and Sunil Paiginkar for the post of Dy. Sarpanch of Poinguinim Panchayat”.
The Speaker greeted the Sarpanch and Deputy Sarpanch with a bouquet of flowers. Along with Sarpanch and Dy Sarpanch elects, 5 other panch-elects were present in the 9-members Poinguinim VP.
In a similar process, GLA Speaker Ramesh Tawadkar actively took part, briefed, guided and later congratulated the candidates whose names were proposed for the post of Sarpanch and Dy Sarpanch at Agonda, Khotigao and Shrishthal.
At Agonda, the newly elected panch Fatima Rodrigues is proposed for the post of Sarpanch, and Prettal Fernandes for the post of Dy Sarpanch in the presence of Tawadkar and Tawadkar congratulated the duo along with 3 other panch -elects in the 7 members Agonda panchayat.
In the 7-members Khotigao panchayat, Tawadkar greeted Anandu Desai for the post of Sarpanch and Punam Gaonkar (for Dy Sarpanch) along with 3 other panch-elects.
At 9 members Shrishthal VP(Sarpanch post woman Reserved), Vaizada panch-elect Sejal Gaonkar, is chosen for the post of Sarpanch, Shiva Deshmukh is congratulated for his nomination for the post of Dy. Sarpanch.
While the posts of Sarpanch at Poinguinim and Shrishthal are reserved for women, the Dy Sarpanch post at Agonda is woman reserved.
While names for Sarpanch and Dy Sarpanch will be finalised by tomorrow at Khola VP, Pratija Bandekar and another re-elected Panch for the post of Dy Sarpanch of Loliem-Polem to be finalised today evening, and seasoned Yeshwant (Dhillon) Dessai who returned to the Gaondongrim Panchayat after 25 years will file for the post of Sarpanch.
Interestingly, though declared their affiliations to bjp government, Loliem-Polem and Gaondongrim Panchayat panch-elects are locally affiliated to Ex-Dy Speaker Isidore Fernandes.
While 21 out of 59 wards were women reserved in the 7 Panchayats of Canacona taluka, five more women were elected (from general wards), taking the women panchas strength to 26. Supriya Pagi (Loliem-Polem), Savita Tawadkar (Poinguinim), Saloni Gaonkar (Gaondongrim), Praja Kamat (Khola) and Fatima Rodrigues (Agonda) have entered their respective panchayats from General Wards mostly defeating their Male challengers.
Also present during Speaker Tawadkars interaction with panch-elects of Poinguinim, Khotigao, Shrishthal, and Agonda were Vishal Desai BJP Mandal President, Mahesh Naik, Divakar Pagi, Vishant Gaonkar, Sanju Tilve, Sidharth Desai. Vinay Tubki and Chanda Desai.