Parrikar, Avertano going all ­­out to thwart Churchill revival plans

The political climate seems hotting up in Navelim constituency represented by Fisheries Minister, Avertano Furtado.

A week after former PWD minister Churchill Alemao disclosed plans to revive his political fortunes from Navelim, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will personally get down to the battlefield in support of local MLA and Fisheries Minister, Avertano Furtado this weekend.

Parrikar accompanied by Avertano is scheduled to spend an entire Saturday in Navelim, visiting each and every village Panchayat area to solve the grievances of the people.

The timing of Parrikar’s visit assumes significance and comes against the backdrop of Churchill’s plan to return to active politics from Navelim from January. This is the second time that Parrikar has decided to devote time for Navelim – his first being on March 29, seven months ago.

In view of the CM’s visit, Avertano was huddled with his workers from across the constituency to chalk out a plan of action and list out the problems facing Navelim.

The Fisheries Minister has sought feedback on the contentious issues to convey the same to the chief Minister for redressal. “We have identified the grievances village-wise since the Chief Minister will be visiting all the Panchayat areas, beginning from Rumdamol housing board and culminating at Navelim”, Avertano told Herald.

Taking cognizance of the traffic bottle necks witnessed along the NH-17 passing through Navelim, the MLA has mooted a proposal to the government to build a by­pass to connect the NH-17 at Dramapur to the Eastern bypass at Rawanfond.

“I intend to take the Chief Minister personally to the site to explore the possibility of constructing the by-pass”, he said.

Incidentally, Avertano claimed that the CM’s visit was planned well in advance, long  before Churchill had a workers meeting in Navelim last week. Sources said that Parrikar’s visit will not only send the right message to the Alemao’s camp, but will help boost up the constituency’s development.

Interestingly, Parrikar’s visit to Navelim comes a week after Health Minister and BJP President Laxmikant Parsekar descended in Navelim – hours before Churchill’s workers meet. [H]