The 13-member Manohar Parrikar panel of councillors at the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) decided not to field its candidates at the election for the posts of city Mayor and Deputy Mayor as “it has no necessary numbers” to win the election.
“We would be chowkidar, the guards at the Corporation and work as constructive opponent to the ruling side,” said Menino D’Cruz, the leader of the panel, in the presence of the former city MLA Sidharth Kunkalienkar and other members of his panel.
Addressing a press conference, D’Cruz further said that last year, his panel supported the panel of Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate, but in turn irked his panel’s supporters from the city. “We did that as Vitthal Chopdekar was a decent candidate named for the post of Mayor,” he added.
Speaking further, D’Cruz said that the CCP is presently having no funds and hence cannot undertake city development on its own, and has to rely upon the Smart City Mission and the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation, for the same. “My panel had suggested various things to the ruling panel at the Corporation to generate funds, but that did not happen,” he lamented.
D’Cruz also observed that out of the five committees of the Corporation, only two namely standing committee and market committee are active, with the former more active than the latter. He also observed that as long as the by-laws of the Corporation do not come into existence, nothing will work for the city civic body.