Churchill’s return plan won’t deter me: Avertano

Urging his arch rival to respect the electoral verdict and stop blaming electronic voting machines (EVMs for his defeat), Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado on Tuesday said he is not all worried about the comeback plan of Churchill Alemao, but advised the former PWD minister to leave Navelim to the Navelkars.

“Churchill has refused to accept the verdict of the electorate. He blames the EVMs for his defeat. But, I would like to know his stand on the postal votes. Out of the 100 postal votes, I polled 78, while Churchill had to be content with 21 votes, with one vote declared invalid. Will Churchill blame the postman now for polling less postal votes?”, Avertano said, while commenting for the first time on Churchill’s comeback plan in Navelim.

Saying he is not worried about Churchill’s comeback plans, Avertano said he is concentrating on constituency development and trying to implement the election promises. “I was not scared of Churchill when he was in power. I know that I cannot dole out money, but still I am doing my bit with financial assistance to the poor and needy”, he said, adding that he is focusing on development with emphasis on employment for the unemployed.

“I love my people and the people have faith in me. I don’t have to depend on EVMs for my electoral success. Churchill should accept the defeat and stop making childish comments. I understand his frustration. Churchill today has money, but no power”, he said, and advised the former Navelim legislator to concentrate on football.

On the Sinquetim-Benaulim bridge, the MLA said the people of Navelim are in favour of its scrapping, but hastened to add that he would wait for the Chief Minister,  Manohar Parrikar to convene a joint meeting to work out a solution to the issue. [H]