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Margao sees headhunting for ‘reserved’ names | Goa News

MARGAO: Frantic headhunting exercise is under way in the camps of all the major political parties to replace the candidates affected by the new reservations for the Margao Municipal Council (MMC).
The new reservations have dealt a setback to some of the key players for the elections to the MMC.

Political observers are keeping a close watch on the moves of Margao MLA Digambar Kamat who was planning to launch his son Yogiraj into politics with a debut contest in the Margao municipality elections, before his plans were scuttled as ward 18 was reserved for OBC as per the original notification.
But, the new notification has excluded ward 18 from any reservation. However, sources in the Kamat camp said that no decision has been taken about Yogiraj’s debut.
Plans are also afoot in the Kamat camp of fielding the affected candidates from other wards, though the proposition has been met with some hesitation by the party managers considering the not-so-favorable situation for the candidates in the alternative wards.
Disappointment is palpable in BJP camp as its outgoing councillor Rupesh Mahatme may be forced to abstain from contesting as his ward 17 has now been reserved for OBC. Hunting for a formidable OBC candidate from this ward is also turning out to be an arduous task for BJP, sources said.
BJP faces a similar situation in ward 13 where its outgoing councillor Ketan Kurtarkar has been left out of contention as the ward has now been reserved for women. BJP and Congress are now headhunting for female candidates to fit the bill.
In other affected wards, former councillors who were to contest, are now considering fielding their kin as replacements, sources said.
GFP also faces a similar situation in several wards.

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