Margao: Nine members of the 11-member Maina Curtorim Panchayat have rallied behind Congress MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco. With this the picture of one of the four panchayats of Curtorim is clear and the panchas will soon form the panchayat.
Vinnie Fernandes, Isabella Gomes, Shubhangi Prabhu, Akshada Korgaonkar Florina Menezes, Rui Menezes, Babli Zore and Nicholas Paes have selected Rupesh Naik as sarpanch and Isabella Gomes as their deputy sarpanch.
Addressing the Press, Rupesh Naik said that they are all with Reginaldo and would continue to be with him.
Reginaldo said, “I did not put a panel in any of the four panchayats in Curtorim. I hold high respect for the people of my constituency and give them the ultimate power to elect their representatives.”
Emphasising that he respects the will of the people, he said that unlike Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar he neither called the panchas to his residence nor served an ultimatum on them to back him.
Incidentally, Parrikar called the newly elected panchas to his residents and told them that they had no option than supporting the BJP and form the panchayats accordingly.
Aleixo also advised all the politicians to take his example and stop forcing panchas. “Don’t make the panchayat members your slaves. They are elected representatives and you have to assist them with the works,” Reginaldo said.