BJP loses majority in Panaji civic elections

"The CCP poll results are not a setback for the party. We have maintained our numbers. We had 13 corporators in the earlier council and we have retained it," CM Parsekar said.

Written by Harsha Raj Gatty | Panaji | Updated: March 9, 2016 12:23 am
Surendra Furtado has been appointed as Mayor by the Babush panel. Surendra Furtado has been appointed as Mayor by the Babush panel.

The BJP lost its hold over the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) as it failed to get a majority in the civic body elections, the results of which were declared on Tuesday.

The CCP, which covers Goa’s capital city of Panaji, was ruled by the BJP-led council before the election was held on March 6. The BJP candidates were defeated by nominees fielded by expelled Congress legislator Atanasio Monserrate, who got a clear majority in the 30-ward civic body.

Monserrate’s candidates won 17 wards while the BJP won 13 wards. The candidates set up by the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee failed to bag a single seat.

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Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said the results were “not a setback” for the BJP. “We maintained our numbers. We had 13 corporators in the earlier council and we have retained it.”

Meanwhile, Monserrate said the “people of Panaji have elected a smart council”. “The voters have also rejected the Congress, which was roped in by the BJP only to hamper prospects of my candidates,” he added.