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No consensus on top posts in Salcete p’yats

Barring Cuncolim constituency, most VPs yet to settle on names for sarpanchas, deputies

Story: the | goan | 19th June 2017, 04:26 Hrs

Last ditch efforts were underway on Sunday  in Salcete countryside to cobble up the magic numbers in a bid to form the  panchayats ahead of the election for the sarpanch and deputy sarpanch posts scheduled on Monday.  
With no dearth of claimants for these coveted posts, The Goan understands that many a claim has  been settled via consensus, with the claimants agreeing to rotate the  chair during the 
5-year term.  
However, in many a village panchayat in Navelim  constituency as well as other panchayats bodies, the situation still  remained unclear till Sunday evening, with politicos promising  another round of meeting with the elected panchas to decide on the  choice of the candidates for the two posts.  
The Goan understands among all the constituencies in  Salcete, the panchayats in Cuncolim constituency represented by MLA  Clafacio Dias seems to have a smooth sailing. Clafacio told The Goan  that his groups at Paroda, Guirdolim and Macazana have already decided  candidates for the post of sarpanch and deputy sarpanch. 
“At Paroda,  former sarpanch Inacio Pereira and Rupali Goankar will head the  panchayat body. First-time panch, 23-year-old Melissa Carvalho and  Franky Rodrigues will head the Guirdolim panchayat as sarpanch and  deputy sarpanch. Former sarpanch Agnelo D’Costa has been shortlisted to  head the Macazana panchayat and Felicidade Vaz as the deputy,” Clafacio  said  
Velim MLA Filipe Neri Rodrigues, sources said, also had a  free run, barring Velim panchayat, where an independent group  headed by Savio D’Silva has claimed to have cobbled up the numbers to form  the panchayat. 
However, Filipe’s supporters seemed all set to head the  panchayats in Ambelim, Assolna, Chinchinim, Sarzora, Dramapur and Sao  Jose 
de Areal. 
“In Velim, the newly-elected panchas were supposed to  meet on Sunday evening and decide on the candidate for the post of  sarpanch. There are two panchas, who have staked claim for the post. I  have left it for the elected members to take a call,” Filipe Neri told  The Goan, while asserting that his supporters will head the panchayats  elsewhere in the 
Incidentally, suspense continues to prevail at some of the panchayat  bodies in Navelim represented by MLA Luizinho Faleiro. While Navelim ZP  member Cipru Cardozo claimed that Wilma will head Navelim village as sarpanch and former sarpanch Paul Pereira as deputy sarpanch, suspense  rent the air over the choice of candidate for the post of sarpanch and  deputy sarpanch of Aquem-Baixo and 
Rumdamol panchayats.  
Sources said a group of newly-elected panchas were  scheduled to sit late Sunday evening to decide the candidate for the  post of sarpanch.  
While the situation in many a panchayat area in Benaulim  constituency appears cleared, suspense still continues as to who will  head the Colva panchayat body, with MLA Churchill Alemao’s group divided  between sitting sarpanch Menino Fernandes and former deputy sarpanch  Anthony Mam. Sources said a group of panchas elect met on Sunday to take  stock of the situation and decide on the choice of candidate for Monday’s election.  
In Nuvem constituency, MLA Wilfred D’Sa said that efforts  to forge a consensus candidate for the post of sarpanch and deputy  Sarpanch in the villages of Majorda, Verna, Nagoa and Loutolim.