Arthur-Pratima elected to rule Margao; sans Digambar & Vijay

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 17 April 2012 22:42 IST

Margao chairperson Arthur & vice chairperson Pratima along with other councillors

Arthur D’Silva was elected the new chairperson of Margao municipal council today while Youth Congress president Pratima Coutinho was elected unopposed the vice chairperson.

The council this time however did not belong to either Margao MLA and former Congress chief minister Digambar Kamat or the independent Fatorda MLA Vijay Sardesai.

The newly elected ruling council has decided to meet chief minister Manohar Parrikar to seek help and funds for the development of Margao city, comprising of Margao and Fatorda Assembly constituencies.

The erstwhile chairperson Sushila Naik and vice chairperson Gonzak Rebello had stepped down after no-confidence motion was moved against them, soon after Assembly results.

Three councillors from the Congress camp had turned against them in moving the motion.

Digambar-supported council was ruling the municipality with the support of 11 councillors till Assembly election, in the 20-member council.

Today’s election of the chairperson however turned into a tie with Arthur as well as Gonzak getting 10 votes each.

Arthur was then declared elected through lots, where senior journalist Anil Pai was entrusted the task of choosing the lot.

Pratima, arch rival of Digambar, was elected the vice chairperson unopposed as Joseph Silva withdrew his candidature last minute.

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I don't think Mr.Gonzac did any good service to the people of Margao and specially for the Goans in particular. I have put up a small case with him for the last one year and till date he could not solve it, neither give hsi clean verdict. For non-goans he must have helped instantly.

- Carmo Santos, Margao / Kuwait | 18 th April 2012 10:04


Finally there is a result, however, there is one question that lurks in my mind. When we talk about a democracy and a democratically elected council/govt, does deciding by means of a lot augur well WITH the norms of democracy? What sort of provision is this in a democracy?

Whoever, is the chairperson, hope he lives up to his promises, which unfortunately has never been the case in Margao. Margao is in need of reform and restructure in administration--- DESPERATELY. Hope it happens.

Cheers to all these leaders who are even ready to kill each other and die of a hearbreak in order to serve the people of Mother India

- jaret chandrapurkar, overseas/chandor | 18 th April 2012 04:42


i wished Gonzak could be the next chairperson coz of his clear character bt bad luck. dont worry Gonzak.

this pratima just 1 message to her now stopping making money like ur husband did.

- elton dias, margao | 17 th April 2012 23:24


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