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From Mama to Damu to Vijai, Fatorda MLAs mostly in Oppn

MARGAO: On March 6 when the Independent, Mr Vijai Sardessai emerged victorious as Fatorda MLA by defeating his nearest rival Bharatiya Janata Party’s Damu Naik by 1939 votes, the constituency witnessed its third change in the last 25 years only to see its new sitting MLA prepare to sit in the opposition for another five years.

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Parrikar to be sworn in as CM tomorrow

PANAJI: The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Mr Manohar Parrikar will be sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Goa by the Governor, Mr K Sankaranarayanan on March 9 at 5 pm, during a special ceremony to be held at the Sports Authority of Goa Grounds in the city.

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MGP is safe and sound: Dhavalikar

PANAJI: The senior MGP leader, Mr Ramakrishna (Sudin) Dhavalikar on Wednesday said that the MGP is now safe and sound, without having to fear its de-recognition by the Election Commission of India, thanks to the pre-poll alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party

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‘Voters left religions at home’

PANAJI: Stating that the perception of some people about the Bharatiya Janata Party being a communal party was finally erased in Goa through the massive mandate, which the party received at the March 3 assembly election, the national BJP leader, Mr Venkaiah Naidu said that the voters left their religions at home and voted for good governance.

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Party disunity could have led to Congress party’s downfall

PANAJI: Workers of the Congress party and its local leaders feel that the worst-ever performance by the party in the general election to the state assembly could have been avoided had there been unity in the party and had the Congress leaders judged the mood of the people over the "below par" performance of the government. Many believe that absence of an united organisation also cost the party at the polls.

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‘EVM manipulation let down Alemaos’

MARGAO: Thanking the people of Navelim for their support in the assembly elections, Mr Churchill Alemao, the former chief minister and PWD Minister on Wednesday attributed his loss to "Manipulation of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) with the introduction of the poll-monitoring system.’’

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Benjamin credits works undertaken for victory

PANAJI: The former midfielder Mr Benjamin Silva, who scored a perfect goal by defeating the ex-water resources minister, Mr Felipe Neri Rodrigues in Velim constituency, by a margin of around 5,000 votes, said that his work in the constituency won him the seat. "Neither the family raj issue not the church issue helped me in my victory," he added.

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Avertano seeks to downplay links with Faleiro

PANAJI: The newly elected independent legislator from Navelim constituency, Mr Avertano Furtado, who gets the tag of a ‘Giant killer’ for defeating the ‘formidable’ Congress candidate, Mr Churchill Alemao, said that the general perception in the public mind about his links with the Alemao’s bete noire Luizinho Faleiro-camp, and concerns expressed about its ‘effect’ on the to be sworn in Manohar Parrikar government are totally unfound.

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GBA for correction, not scrapping of RP 2021

PANAJI: The Goa Bachao Abhiyan on Wednesday said that it was not in favour of scrapping the Regional Plan 2021 but wanted corrections to it. "The plan, as it stands, is already notified. Legally the plan will stand. The GBA is not for scrapping the RP 2021," GBA convenor, Dr Sabina Martins said.

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