PANAJI: The BJP backed panel fielded by newly inducted Atanasio Monserrate- Panaji MLA paid off spectacularly in the City Corporation election with the panel winning 25 of the 30 seats. Monserratte, has been ruling the Corporation over the decades now, irrespective of his political affiliations.
As many as five sitting Councilors, four of whom had contested of BJP backed panel lost to opposition We Ponjekar panel and a independent.
In the last elections held in 2016, Monserratte backed panel had tough fight with BJP panel led by then CM late Manohar Parrikar. While Monserratte had won 14 seats, BJP got hold over 13. However, with support of independent, Monserratte had formed the council
This election attaineds importance considering that several BJP loyalist including Parrikar’s son Utpal supported independent candidates against party panel
Panaji MLA Babush Monserrate said that the party will be deciding on the Mayor and i will myself introspect on the seats we lost.
“I am thankfull to the people forkeeping trust in me and my panel, New Mayor for then CCP will be decided by the party,” he added
Meanwhile, Former Mayor Surendra Furtado thanked the voters while stating that the people of Panjim believe in Social work and that is the reason people have kept trust in me.