Mapusa: Condemning the Congress’ Mapusa by-poll candidate Sudhir Kandolkar for the claim that Mapusa has not been developed in the last 20 years, ruling councillors of Mapusa Municipality on Sunday said that Mapusa has seen more infrastructural projects than other constituencies.
Former MMC chairperson and senior councillor Sandip Falari also blamed Kandolkar for the mess in market.
Addressing media persons in presence of MMC chairperson Ryan Braganza, BJP’s Mapusa by-poll candidate Joshua D’Souza, Rohan Kavlekar, Mapusa mandal president Damodar Lanjekar, Nisha Mayekar and Rishikesh Ghadi, Falari said, “Kandolkar was with us one month ago and on various platforms, he had spoken how Mapusa has been developed. He (Kandolkar) has been one of co-participants in our journey of progress and had worked in various capacities and now suddenly claims that there is no development.”
Falari further said, “In the last 20 years, Mapusa has seen a number of infrastructural projects like vegetable and fish market, police station building, fire station, district hospital, Peddem sports complex and many more which are more in comparison to other 39 constituencies in the state.”
Blaming Kandolkar for the mess in Mapusa market, Falari said, “One of the main reasons why Kandolkar was so far kept away from chairpersonship of Mapusa Municipality despite being a senior councillor is because of mismanagement and indiscipline.”
Taking a dig at Congress candidate, former MMC chairperson Rohan Kavlekar said that Kandolkar is propagating that the party has sidelined him and Babush (late Francis D’Souza) has only used him adding, “Babush in his statements has always said that after him, the councillors are capable of being Mapusa MLA. Even when we select a chairperson, it is a group decision with consent of our group leader late MLA but we are not aware about any assurance given to him (Kandolkar) by Babush and now he is trying to gain sympathy by making false claims.”
Commenting on the campaigning for Mapusa by-poll, Joshua D’Souza said, “I have covered 90-95 per cent areas and due to time constraint have not covered some houses so I apologise and assure that after election I will visit those left-out houses. As committed in the manifesto I assure to take up time-bound development in Mapusa and fulfil all assurances made in the manifesto in a time-bound manner.”
He also expressed confidence that “with support from people of Mapusa, he will be able to take forward his father’s legacy and will maintain a big winning margin.”
MMC chairperson Ryan Braganza said, “After seeing the response from people of Goa, I think we are quite comfortable and I expect Joshua to poll close to 13,000 votes and voting percentage will be around 80 per cent.”