Mormugao Council chief hits out at BJP

Taking a dig at her own party, Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) Chairperson Sarika Palkar stated that though she is a BJP grass root worker, the party has failed to recognise her efforts.

It may be recalled that Palkar, who took over the reins from Suchita Shirodkar October 28, 2011, resigned from the post on November 7 as per the understanding.

The chairperson’s post is reserved for lady councillor and the ruling councillors had decided to allot one year’s term to their selected lady councillors.

Speaking to Herald, Palkar said “Since the BJP government is in power, I thought that during my tenure as MMC chairperson, I would be able to take up some developmental works in the port town, but my hopes are shattered as I did not get any cooperation from my party after working for it for last several years.”

“What is the use of working tirelessly for the party which failed to recognize my efforts and support me during my tenure as chairperson,” asked Palkar.

“Except for Rs 50 lakh which was allotted by the government to take up pre-monsoon works in all the 20 wards, MMC did not receive any fund from the government towards other developmental works in the port town,” claimed Palkar.

Palkar further said she could not do much soon after taking over as the chairperson, as the assembly elections were announced and the code of conduct came into force. “After the assembly election result, I went on two months leave and the charge was handed over to then MMC vice chairperson Krishna (Daji) Salkar,” she added.

“The one-year term got over and as pre-planned I had to resign to hand over the chair to the next lady councillor to manage the affairs of the council,” she said. [H]