PANAJI/BICHOLIM: While many will hold their breath for the results of the Sakhali municipal bypoll, the counting is very crucial for chief minister Pramod Sawant. The outcome will decide if he retains his hold on the urban body or whether Dharmesh Saglani will take over. Presently, both factions have six members each in the 13-member council.
The byelections for ward no. 9 in the Sakhali Municipal Council (SMC) recorded 87.67% voter turnout.
Eight months ago, the Sawant-backed panel had formed the council but four months later one of the councillors from his panel, Damodar Gadi, passed away in November 2020.
In 2018, when the election was held for SMC, the Saglani camp had formed the first council with nine of its councillors and the support of one independent.
Later, two councillors from the Saglani group moved to the Sawant camp but the council was retained by the former. In few days, three more councillors moved to the Sawant camp and one from Sawant’s panel switched over. However, the Sawant-backed panel formed the council.
Since November end, both sides have had six members each. While the ruling BJP group includes chairperson Yeshwant Madkar and councillors Brahma Desai, Shubhada Sawaikar, Anand Kanekar, Dayanand Boryekar and Rashmi, the opposition group includes deputy chairperson Ansira Khan, Jyoti Blaggaon, Raya Parsekar, Rajesh Sawal and Kunda Madkar besides Saglani.