Riyaz Khan in Sankhli creates confusion, disowns Cong

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 13 May 2013 14:02 IST

Riyaz Khan (extreme left) with BJP MLA Pramod Sawant

The Sankhli civic election results created confusion as Congress-supported Riyaz Khan, former president of Sankhli municipality, posed for a photograph with BJP-supported winners and then declared himself to be independent.

The municipal elections are not held on party lines, though parties either form panels or support the candidates.

In the 11-member Sankhli municipality, BJP could get only five ‘official’ candidates elected while independent candidate Nisha Pokle is claimed to be BJP-supported.

Sankhli BJP MLA Pramod Sawant told goanews.com that they would elect the president from among these six elected councilors after meeting chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

He also said that two more independents – Riyaz Khan and Dharmesh Saglani have rendered their support to the BJP-ruled council.

Valpoi Congress MLA Vishwajeet Rane, on the other hand, claimed that Khan is their Congress candidate while the Congress had supported Saglani.

He also dismissed BJP’s claim that they have swept the poll.

“It is 50:50 in Sankhli and the election has proved that Parivartan magic is over”, Vishwajeet told goanews.com.

He also clarified that they would not try and form a council and also does not mind if Saglani supports the BJP-ruled council.

Vishwajeet as well as Sunita Verenkar, former president belonging to the Congress, however claimed that Khan is their ‘official’ candidate and has been a hardcore Congressman for several years.

However, when asked, Khan told goanews.com that he is an independent and was never a member of the Congress.

“It is true that I was always supported by the Congress, but I am independent and that is why I posed for a photograph with BJP councilors”, Khan told goanews.com.

Khan however also clarified that he would neither go with the BJP nor accept any offer of becoming the Sankhli president with BJP support. 

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Since the elections are not held on party lines, technically, all are independent.

- Francisco, Goa | 13 th May 2013 19:41


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