CCP Mayor election on 4 April, 2 women Mayors 'reserved'

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 25 March 2013 15:49 IST

The suspended election of the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of the City Corporation of Panaji would be now held on 4 April, without ‘reservation’.

Urban development minister Francis D’Souza however told the Assembly today that the government intends to reserve two out of five terms of mayor for women.

The reservation, as he told the House, would be one third of total five terms of the Mayor.

D’Souza also said that all the Panaji corporators would be brought under Lokayukta Act and they will have to declare their assets, like MLAs, before Lokayukta.

The urban development ministry has also decided to make the rules and by-laws of the Goa Municipalities Act applicable to the CCP until the CCP makes its own rules and by-laws.

D’Souza said the government also wants to make monthly meetings of the council obligatory, failing which the Mayor would be removed from the post.

The government also wants to have more reforms in the CCP functioning after conducting a reality check in order to control the loot and ponder.

D’Souza was replying to the calling attention motion raised by his own party colleague – BJP MLA Pramod Sawant.

The urban development ministry has also decided to make the rules and by-laws of the Goa Municipalities Act applicable to the CCP until the CCP makes its own rules and by-laws.

D’Souza said the government also wants to make monthly meetings of the council obligatory, failing which the Mayor would be removed from the post.

The government also wants to have more reforms in the CCP functioning after conducting a reality check in order to control the loot and ponder.

D’Souza was replying to the calling attention motion raised by his own party colleague – BJP MLA Pramod Sawant.

The government last week had suddenly postponed the Mayor and Deputy Mayor election, claiming that it is examining the demand of some citizens to keep the Mayor’s post reserved.

The opposition Congress had however created furore over the issue in the Assembly as well as outside as the new Mayor was supported by the Congress MLA Babush Monseratte.

Surendra Furtado, who along with his wife, had supported BJP candidate Vaidehi Naik in the last election.

However, as the BJP went back on its word of making Furtado the new Mayor after one-year term ends, Furtado shifted his allegiance to the Babush group.

In the 30-member CCP, Babush group has a wafer-thin majority of 16 while the BJP group has 14 corporators. The Furtado couple is independent.

Meanwhile, besides approaching the Governor seeking his intervention, Furtado and 15 other corporators had also approached the high court.

However, before the high court could give its verdict, the government today announced elections on 4 April. 

 

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