Penha de Franca sarpanch, deputy voted out


Penha de Franca Sarpanch, Vishranti Dessai and Deputy Sarpanch, Rajesh Volvoiker, have been voted out of office after a no-confidence motion was passed against them by 6-0 votes in the 11-member panchayat.

It may be recalled that in their letter to the Mapusa Block Development Officer, the panchas, Gajanan Halarnker, Radhika Sawant, Blanch De Souza, Dipali Vernekar, Swapnil Chodanker and Safar Phadte had accused Dessai and Volvoiker of encouraging illegal constructions and failing to take other members into confidence.

The Mapusa Block Development Officer convened a special meeting in the panchayat office on Monday to discuss the notice of no-confidence motion against the sarpanch and deputy sarpanch. However only the six panchas who had moved the no-confidence motion attended the meeting while the remaining five members remained absent.

Block Development Officer, Vishant Naik Gavneker, conducted the proceedings of the elections and Panchayat Secretary, Vipin Korgaonker, assisted him. [H]