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Aruna Rai
By: HK Hejamady
Congress-backed candidates win GP President's and Vice president's election
Vice president Y.Sukumar and president Smt. Damayanti V. Amin
Padubidri, June 29th, 2015:  In a close contest that evoked a lot of interest, Congress-backed candidates won the election for president and vice president's posts of Padubidri Grama Panchayat. Damayanti V. Amin, wife of immediate past president Vijay M. Amin, was selected after draw of lots when she and her BJP rival Shashikala received 16 votes each.  Y. Sukumar won the election with a margin of 17-16 against his BJP rival Ravi Shetty.
Out of 34 seats in the Grama Panchayat elections held earlier in the month, the Congress had bagged 17 seats and whereas BJP and indepedent candidates had won 13 and 4 seats respectively.  As Damayanti V. Amin had contested and won at two wards simultaneously, she had only one vote, making it 16 votes that congress could use.  The independent members were expected to vote for BJP candidate.  As one vote was wasted as the member voted for both congress and BJP, the final tally was 16 each.  Therefore, it was decided to select the winner through draw of lots and accordngly a school going child picked up Damayanti's chit.

For the post of vice president Y. Sukumar from Congress and Ravi Shetty from BJP had contested.  Y. Sukumar won by a single vote with a tally of 17-16.
Damayanti Amin won the panchayat elections for the fourth consecutive time.  She was also elected for former Zilla Parishat from Kaup assembly seat.  Her husband Vijay M. Amin was the Grama Panchayat president prior to this election and it is a kind of record that a husband-wife combination becoming presidents of the Panchayat consecutively.

Y. Sukumar is becoming the vice president for the second time.  Being a Past Zone President of JCI, he currently holding an important post in JCI India, at national level.  He is the owner of Navrang groups of hotels.
During the occasion, the newly elected president said that she wouldl give more importance to cleanliness first and she would work towards the progress of Padubidri town which is facing a number of problems.  As there is a congress-led government in the state, she hoped that more grants could come and she assured that, with the cooperation of people, she will give transparent and corruptiion-free administration.
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Padubidri Grama Panchayat results-2015
Area                        Winner                         Votes
NADSALU-2         MAYYADI                          340
NADSALU-2         SHASHIKALA                  400
NADSALU-2         KARUNAKAR                   367
PADEBETTU-1    JAGADEESH SHETTY   248
PADEBETTU-1    CHUMMI         (Unanimous)
PADEBETTU-2    RAVI SHETTY                   467
PADEBETTU-2    LATHA                               463
PADEBETTU-2    SHIVAMMA                       370
PADEBETTU-2    SHRINIVAS SHARMA     495
NADSALU-3         DAMAYANTHI V AMIN    266
NADSALU-3         MAMTHAZ                         391
NADSALU-3         HASAN BAVU                  466
NADSALU-4         DINESH                             272
NADSALU-4         ASHA                                 205
NADSALU             VIJAYALAXMI
NADSALU             V. GUJARAN
NADSALU             RAVINDRANATH S
Area                 Winner                          Votes
NADSALU-6     JAYA                                   247
NADSALU-6     SADHANA                          206
NADSALU-6
    SUKUMAR Y                     278
NADSALU-7    SARITHA                             188
NADSALU-7    MAHENDRA                         243
NADSALU-8    NAYANA                               140
NADSALU-8    HARINAKSHI                        233
NADSALU-8    LAXMAN                               190

NADSALU-9     HARISH                               354
NADSALU-9     DAMAYANTHI V AMIN         384
NADSALU-9     SEVANTHI SADASHIVA      329
NADSALU-9    ASHOK SALIAN                   440
NADSALU       NAVEEN N. SHETTY           345
NADSALU        BUDAN SAHEB                   374
NADSALU        SANJEEVI                            359
NADSALU        SUMITRA                              250
NADSALU        JANAKI