Elections for the 11 municipal councils in Goa were peaceful except for altercations at two places in Margao and the detention of one person at Sada. In Margao Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s supporters clashed with rivals from the Congress camp itself at two places.
In the first instance Digambar Kamat’s supporters clashed with Adv. Pratima Coutinho, Margao Municipal Council Chairperson Savio Coutinho’s wife, outside the polling booth at Agriculture Department’s office at Calcondem.
Given the fact that a large number of migrants are enrolled to vote at this booth, both camps were going all out to woo them and though Pratima Coutinho is the Goa Pradesh Youth Congress Vice President, Digambar Kamat had thrown his lot behind Sandra Fernandes.
The battle in this ward No. 16 is seen as a battle between the Chief Minister and the Youth Congress and resulted in Asif – Pratima’s supporter – suffering from bleeding nose following a scuffle with Digambar Kamat’s supporters led by Kushali Virdikar outside the booth. Earlier, Kushali had an argument with Asif after the latter had exercised his franchise and as Asif too retaliated, Kushali returned to the spot with another person and both attacked Asif.
In another incident at Moti Dongor, yet another area in Margao that has mostly migrant population as voters, three persons were assaulted after Digambar Kamat’s supporters clashed with rivals, once again from the Congress camp itself and three persons were admitted to Hospicio after they complained of burning sensation in their eyes after something was sprayed on their faces by the rival group members.
Meanwhile in Vasco one Mahesh Kaskar was detained and later released on bail. Mahesh was canvassing near the polling booth and ignored the warnings issued by the polling officers following which he was detained.
A very healthy voting trend was observed with over 50 per cent polling reported at all the 11 towns. The highest turnout was at Pernem where 88.03 per cent of the voters turned out to exercise their franchise while the lowest was at Margao where the turn out was 57.76 per cent.
The voter turn out at other areas was: Valpoi – 82.47%, Bicholim – 78.39 %, Canacona – 78.06%, Sanguem – 77.08 %, Quepem – 72.05 %, Curchorem – 81.89 %, Mapusa – 67.70 %, Cuncolim – 66.34 % and Mormugao – 59.13 %.