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Panjim ‘Mayor’ position heats up

St Cruz MLA Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate-supported Panaji city Corporation Development Front will field deputy mayor of the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) Rudresh Chodankar to contest for the post of mayor.

“We have unanimously selected Chodankar to contest the post and Bento Lorena to contest for the post of deputy mayor,” Monserrate said.

This decision was taken on Thursday at a meeting held at Monserrate’s residence. Chodankar was reportedly selected for the post as he is one of the three senior councillors in Monserrate’s panel. “We have three senior councillors- Carolina Po who held the post for two years, Yatin Parekh who is the incumbent mayor and Rudresh,” Monserrate said.

On Thursday, Rodrigues also decided to throw his hat into the ring. “I will be contesting for the post of mayor,” Rodrigues confirmed.

Sources said that Monserrate is not in favour of Rodrigues contesting for the post as he suspects Rodrigues of having worked against his wife Jennifer who contested and won the assembly election from Taleigao.

With the election tipped to be held on March 20, conundrum continues over a candidate for the post of mayor and deputy mayor in the BJP-lead Panaji First panel.

Parekh and Chodankar will complete one year in office on March 20. As per the CCP Act, the mayor and deputy mayor must be elected every year.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar, on Wednesday, held a meeting with his 12 councilors to discuss the formation of a new council. “Talks are on with the opposition councilors, but if we have to compromise beyond a limit, we are willing to sit in the opposition,” said a source from the Panaji First panel.

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