VASCO: Goencho Ekvott group, which managed to form the panel at Velsao Panchayat, has said that the group will just be the care taker of the beautiful villages of Velsao Pale and Issorcim and protect the villages like their ancestors did.
Maria Diana Gouveia and Kishan Sankolkar have been elected as Sarpanch and Deputy Sarpanch of VP Velsao, Pale and Issorcim.
Speaking to media, Maria Diana Gouveia
thanked Goencho Ekvott and the villagers for standing solidly behind the panel. She, along with Deputy Sarpanch Kishan Sankolkar, stated that they will strive their best to bring about transparency in the administration coupled with accountability in all the 3 villages which comprise the panchayat areas.
Panch Francis Braganza spoke about the struggle that the villagers are currently facing regarding the double tracking issue and assured that they will stand by the villagers in opposing this most destructive mega project that will cause doom to the villages along the route.
Panch Rudika Ashlina Antao echoed similar sentiments and said that the villagers will oppose coal transportation through their serene villages.
Goencho Ekvott founder member Orville Dourado Rodrigues thanked the villagers for participating in the poll process in a most civilised manner despite the unprecedented and unprincipled manner that the opposite camp ran their campaign.
” We are just caretakers of these most beautiful villages just like our ancestors, and our GE panel will look towards having sustainable development in collaboration with government agencies,” said Dourado
Joint Secretary of Goencho Ekvott Olencio Simoes lambasted the TMC and alleged that TMC members had openly aligned with the fascists in their campaign along with BJP, despite knowing that these elections were contested on non-political lines.
“They even tried till the last minute using strong-arm tactics to poach members of the winning GE panel. Goencho Ekvott panel will live up to the high expectations of the general public and work towards the betterment of the general public,” said Simoes.