Education Minister Babush Monserrate has finally decided that Yatin Parekh will be the next Mayor of the capital city of Panjim while Rudresh Chodankar will be the deputy. The 16 corporators owing allegiance to Babush officially endorsed this decision at a meeting held on Tuesday evening at his residence at Taleigao.
Both Yatin and Rudresh are likely to be officially elected to these position on Friday after the State Election Commission notifies the newly elected Corporation.
Both Yatin and Rudresh are old horses as far as the City Corporation of Panjim is concerned as both have served the city for the same terms since they were earlier also elected to the Panjim Municipal Council.
However, with Yatin being selected to be the Mayor, Babush’s promise of giving a transparent and corruption free administration is being accepted with a pinch of salt given Yatin’s penchant for walking along the other side of law particularly in his personal and business dealings.
However, Babush sought to allay these fears by announcing various steps to ensure that transparency prevails at the Corporation. He said the Corporation will have gram Sabha like meetings every quarter so that citizens can raise issues with their representatives.
Babush also revealed plans to install a complaint box outside the CCP office and further stated that he will visit the corporation at least once a week to ensure that it is functioning smoothly.
Admitting that there were mistakes committed in the last body, he however promised not to repeat them this time around.
He also appealed to all sections to join hands to improve the capital city of Panjim. “We also say Panjim First,” he said thereby appealing to Manohar Parrikar’s panel to come on board.
Meanwhile, what has taken many by surprise is Babush’s announcement that Patricia Pinto will be co-opted in the Corporation reportedly to tackle the city’s garbage woes. Patricia who was earlier a member of the Panjim Municipal Council has been successfully managing garbage of her neighbourhood for many years now.
What has surprised the coming together of Babush and Patricia is the fact that the latter was at the forefront of the Save Goa movement launched by Goa Bachao Abhiyan that held Babush responsible for the Regional Plan 2011 which was scrapped by the government following a public outcry spearheaded by Goa Bachao Abhiyan.