As reported in on 04 April 2008:
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Sarpanch in soup over nationality

MARGAO, MARCH 24 — The Sarpanch of Majorda, Laxmi Gonsalves seems heading for fresh trouble on the status of her USA nationality.

Salcete Mamlatdar Paresh Faldessai has initiated a confidential inquiry into Laxmi’s nationality status and is believed to have issued her a notice why her name should not be struck from the electoral roll.

The sudden action from the Mamlatdar comes following a report despatched to the District Collector, by the Home Department seeking action within two days.

It is learnt that Gonsalves could not make it to the Mamlatdar’s office on the first day of hearing, but made her presence felt subsequently and is believed to have given a detailed statement to joint Mamlatdar, Gurudas Dessai.

Officials in the Mamlatdar’s office were tightlipped, saying the inquiry is confidential, but admitted that a notice has gone to the Sarpanch over her name on the electoral roll.

The Home Department had in December told a Majorda Panch, Piedade Baptista under the Right to Information Act that Laxmi Gonsalves is a US national and registered with the Foreigners Registration Office, Panjim.
District Collectorate officials admitted that the Laxmi’s name will have to be struck off from the electoral roll if she fails to prove she is an Indian or holding dual citizenship.

Known for her social work, Laxmi was elected the Sarpanch of Majorda village Panchayat. The question over her nationality came into sharp focus after an Opposition Panch member, Piedade Baptista sought information under the Right to Information Act, wherein the Home Department categorically stated that Laxmi had acquired USA nationality, was issued passport in 1993 and was presently holding US passport issued at the US Consulate General, Mumbai valid till 2014.

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