MAPUSA/SALIGAO: With a high polling percentage recorded at the Pernem municipal council polls on Saturday, there could be a fierce fight on the cards in many of the ten wards. The council saw 37 candidates in the fray many of who are news faces, with BJP fielding candidates in all ten wards.
From among all the municipal councils that voted on Saturday , the Pernem civic body accounts for the smallest voter base, which has 4,233 voters, 2,148 are male and 2,085 are female. Similarly, 18 female candidates contested these polls.
One reason for the intense political activity here was the selection of candidates who have support from BJP. A cold revolt was brewing here as BJP tickets were given to close aides of deputy CM Manohar Ajgaonkar – who had joined BJP from MGP a few years ago. This meant that hardcore BJP workers had to be denied tickets.
Sources pointed that people were upset that development took a backseat as all councillors in the previous term enjoyed the two key posts of chairperson or deputy chairperson on rotation. While the chairperson’s post was reserved for women in the last term, it is unreserved this timeand has already seen signs of groupism.
Byelections were also held in the key wards of Arambol and Morjim panchayats as well as in a Korgao panchayat ward since the panch member was elected to the zilla panchayat (ZP).
Meanwhile, the pandemic did not deter locals of Verla Canca which saw a good voter turnout for the bypoll of ward 6, which was necessitated after former sarpanch Milton Marques died while in office last December.
Similarly there was a good voter turnout for the byWpoll in ward 7 of Oxel panchayat which was held due to the former sarpanch’s demise. In Bastora, there was a good voter turnout in ward 4 where elections were held after erstwhile panch Manisha Naik was elected as ZP member.