Election results unpredictable in Salcette

High turnout could differ results in constituencies

High turnout could differ results in constituencies

High turnout could differ results in constituencies
MARGAO: The huge turn out of voters in Congress stronghold of Salcete has thrown up questions whether the turn out would hit the heavyweights in the political arena over the decades.
The heavyweights, however, begged to differ. Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said the question whether the turn out would affect the ruling dispensation would depend from one constituency to another. “In Margao, I am confident that my victory margin would go up with the turn out”, he said. Kamat also attributed the heavy turn out to the role played by the Booth Level Officers and the compacting of electoral rolls.
While his opponents in Cuncolim say the people have come out to defeat the two-time sitting MLA, Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao says the huge turn out will go in his favour. “People have come out to vote and support me for the development and the employment provided to the youth of the constituency”, he said.
In Nuvem, Goa Vikas Party Chief Mickky Pacheco says the turn out will go in his favour, saying the people are fed up with the performance of the sitting MLA. “With this turn out, I expect to win the seat by a margin of 3500 votes”, he said.
His arch rival and four-time MLA Alexio Sequeira, however, said that the turn out will help him regain the seat.
“After analyzing the polling trends, I am confidence the turn out will ensure my victory”, Alexio added.
In Fatorda, two-time sitting MLA Damu Naik said that people have come out in large numbers in his support. However, his arch rival Independent candidate Vijai Sardessai says that the turn out will go in his favour as it is a clear indication of the people coming out to vote for a change.
PWD Minister Churchill Alemao says that the heavy turn out of voters would keep him in good stead, but  his challenger Avertano Furtado asserted that thousands of voters came out for polling to bring about a change in the constituency.

BJP, Cong workers clash in Panjim

Cong, BJP workers clash in Panjim

Cong, BJP workers clash in Panjim

PANJIM: The election to the 40-seat Goa State assembly was marred by minor incidents reported from some areas of the state and several instances of violation of code of conduct. March 3, also saw suspension of a police officer.

Except for the few incidents of violence, the poll was by and large peaceful, a senior police officer said. The north district reported more than seven cases and five arrests.
Within two hours of the commencement of the poll, a minor scuffle between the Congress and BJP workers grabbed the attention at the Massano De Amorim polling booth in Panjim.  The clash between the workers occurred when 10 percent voting was already recorded in the state.
Congress candidate Yatin Parekh is facing molestation charges for allegedly physically attacking ward number-12 BJP CCP corporator Vaidehi Naik.
Armed police force stationed at the booth intervened to separate the two bickering sections and soon thereafter a batch of central armed personnel were deployed to avoid further clashes.
No sooner was the case was taken up by Panjim police station, the department received a jolt when a police officer was suspended. Vasco police inspector Francis Corte allowed a busload of voters unchecked at Baina polling booth at 9:45 am.

As the voting was midway, the Election Commission’s flying squad seized unaccounted cash totaling Rs 3,47,500 and BJP campaign materials from a vehicle bearing registration number GA-04-C-0469.
Superintendent of Police (North Goa) Vijay Singh informed that the cash and materials were selectively sorted and packed in a number of envelops bearing name of individual and organizations.
The cash is confiscated by the State for depositing in the government treasury.
As the polling was nearing its end, a poll officer was arrested following a complaint by one Ritesh Naik alleging that Anthony Borges and Premanand Mayekar, both from Porvorim were threatening voters against voting in booth number 17 and 18 Government Primary School at Quitla.
Premanand was immediately arrested and remanded to police custody. While in another matter at Porvorim, Singh said, a complaint was registered against Block Level Officer Gokuldas Halarnkar for influencing to vote for BJP at Polling Booth number 38 of 9-Porvorim Assembly Constituency.
“Complaints have been registered taking cognizance of complaints filed by voters,” SP (North) said.
Few complaints were registered at Bicholim, Ponda, Verna, Vasco and other police station wherein voters were being ferried in vehicles to the polling booth for voting.
While Ritesh Kambli and Shridas Fotto were arrested by Vasco police, one Desley of Sancoale was also arrested for same offence. Vehicles in many such cases were seized for investigation.
 Elaborate police arrangements were made with 35 Companies of the paramilitary force, 12 Companies of the Maharashtra Home Guards, 550 Goa State Home Guards and 3867 State armed police officials were deployed for Election bandobast duties.
Fight between BJP and Congress during polls voting

Fight between BJP and Congress during polls voting