By MM correspondent
New Delhi: As many as five Muslim candidates have emerged as victorious on 5 out of 10 seats in the Valpoi Municipal Council. The winning candidates have been identified as Shaikh Idris ,Sharafat Khan, Sarfaraz Sayyad, Vasiyuddin Sayad and Shaizin Shaikh.
All of them are members of BJP. They were supported by BJP minister Vishwajeet Rane.
As per the media reports, senior BJP councilor Riyaz Beig has also managed to retain his seat in Bicholim municipality .
Elections were held on six municipal councils, the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP), a Zilla panchayat, and 22 panchayat wards in Goa on 20 March and results were declared on 22 March.
34 years old Sarfaraz Sayed is the youngest among all five Muslim councillors in Valpoi. He has made a history in the town by winning the election with record margin of 489 votes from ward No.6 .and also emerged as a winner with highest margin in the entire state. It is his second consecutive win.
Speaking to Muslim Mirror, Sarfaraz Sayed thanked all the voters for giving great return of his work. He thanked their leader Vishwajeet Rane for supporting them. ”I am committed to work for people. This time also, I will continue the same with full energy and devotion Inshallah, About 130 Hindu voters have also showed their faith in me, I am grateful to them” added Sarfaraz.
Vasiyuddin Sayed ,a social activist ,who has become part of the council for the first time, says helping people who are in need has always been my priority. Now people of my ward have given power to me, now I can continue my work in effective way.
Addressing a press conference, Vishwajit Rane congratulated all the winning candidates of civic polls and said that he is very much thankful for the people of Valpoi for giving a clear mandate to his candidates.
Valpoi is considered a stronghold of BJP minister Vishwajeet Rane who is the son of Sr. Congress leader and Former Chief Minister of Goa Pratap Singh Rane. Vishwajeet won three assembly polls on Indian National Congress ticket but in 2016 he resigned from Congress party and joined BJP as Congress failed to form Government in inspite of getting highest number of seats.
After he joined the BJP, his supporters including Muslims also switched to the party.