The BJP-led Margao Shigmotsav committee set a Sunday deadline for the Congress-led Shigmotsav committee to take “meaningful steps” to end the duality in the celebrations in the city. This was decided at a meeting of the BJP-led organizing committee on Saturday. For the past four years, Margao has been witnessing two Shigmotsav celebrations – one by chief minister Digambar Kamat, and the other by Fatorda MLA Damodar ‘Damu’ Naik.
Speaking on the issue, BJP’s Rupesh Mahatme said that time was running out for any reconciliation as proposed by the chief minister last month. “They are yet to hold any talks with us. We have decided to give them till Sunday to approach us with any meaningful offer,” Mahatme said.
He said that since Kamat’s Shigmotsav committee enjoyed government support, the initiative for rapprochement should come from them. “We have expressed our willingness towards unification. They receive government funds for the celebrations, it is for them to initiate talks,” Mahatme added.
The committee also decided that if the Congress missed the Sunday deadline, the BJP would go ahead with its Shigmotsav celebrations.