Former mayor Tony Rodrigues, who broke away from St Cruz MLA Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate’s panel and aligned himself with the BJP, was elected deputy mayor. Both won by a margin of one vote. Another former mayor Carolina Po was absent.
Monserrate who was present during the election said Rodrigues and Po, who won as members of his panel, should resign as councilors and get re-elected on their own strength.
In related developments, civic panels in the towns of Mapusa, Ponda and Quepem also witnessed a change in their chairpersons.