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Dhavalikar: BJP-led govt has done seat reservation as per its ‘political need’

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Commenting on the reservation of seats declared for the Zilla Panchayat elections, which are scheduled to be held on March 22, the Marcaim MLA Sudin Dhavalikar claimed that the BJP-led government has done the seat reservation as per its political need and in the manner which would affect the rival parties’ fortunes.

Dhavalikar urged the State Election Commission to look into the seat reservation so that it would benefit the people.

He made this statement during a press briefing held in Ponda on Monday. Dhavalikar said that the government has not followed specific criteria for seat reservations and the seats have been reserved as per its need or in the manner that would benefit the BJP at large.

“This shows, how desperate the BJP is about winning the ZP seats, and the party is trying its best. But despite that  the BJP will lose most of the ZP seats as the people are well aware of the party’s strategy and ready to show the BJP its place,” he said.

Speaking, further Dhavalikar claimed that the strategic seat reservation won’t impact the MGP, especially, in the Ponda taluka and the MGP  will dominate in all the ZP seats in the taluka. The MGP is going to have its candidates in all the wards of Ponda, Pernem, Bicholim and Sanvordem talukas, while the decision on contesting in the remaining seats is pending.”

The State Election Commission has announced that the election for all the 50 constituencies of Zilla Panchayats (ZP) of Goa will be held on March 22, while the counting will be held on the next day.

There would be 1237 polling booths including 641 in North Goa and 596 in South Goa.

The elections will be held on party lines;  the candidates have an upper limit of Rs 5 lakh for expenditure.  Out of the 50 constituencies, one is reserved for Scheduled Caste, fourteen for Other Backward Class candidates and six for Scheduled Tribe candidates.

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