Mon, 18 Nov, 2019

Babita rejects demand, says no compromise on statue

09th November 2019, 02:50 Hrs

the goan I network

MARGAO

Rejecting all demands made by the BJP and Congress-backed councillors to rectify the resolution on Dr Jack de Sequeira’s statue, Margao Municipal Council Chairperson Babita Prabhudesai instead preferred to put in her papers on Friday evening, asserting there will be no compromise on Dr Sequeira, Goem and Goenkarponn.

“After discussing with Goa Forward chief Vijai Sardesai and my colleague councillors on the demand made by the Opposition that I should either rectify the minutes of the resolution on  Dr Sequeira’s statue or quit, I have preferred to resign from office instead of compromising on the Goa Forward stand on Goem, Goemkar and Goemkarponn,” Babita told a briefing on Friday evening.

Saying there would be no compromise on Dr Sequeira’s resolution, Babita told the media in the presence of Goa Forward councillors that Dr Sequeira’s statue will come up at the Ravindra Bhavan traffic circle after complying with the procedures.

She took potshots at the BJP and Congress for putting spokes in the installation of Dr Sequeira’s statue, saying the two national parties have no sentiments on Goem and Goemkarponn. “I am surprised that Congress councillor Doris Texeira has raised the issue of Dr Sequiera’s statue when the Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai nor any of the councillors representing Fatorda had any objections to the statue in the constituency,” Babita asserted, while suspecting a conspiracy by the BJP and Congress group of councillors to sabotage the Dr Sequeira’s statue project.

Saying the Congress had no business in raising a hue and cry on the issue when the Chief Officer was supposed to look into the entire matter, Babita recalled that the Congress councillors did not raise any reservations on the issue when it was discussed at the meeting. “When the issue was discussed at the July meeting, the Congress councillors had suggested to name certain roads after C P Da Costa, Sebastian D’Cunha and Madhu Mordekar. They did not raise any issue on Dr Sequeira’s statue. May be the Congress councillors were not taught well that time or were not given their homework,” she said.

Reminding the media that Goa Forward’s move to get Dr Sequeira’s statue in the Goa Legislative Assembly had met with opposition, Babita said “One should not forget that then Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant is today’s Chief Minister. So, if it could be denied there, Sawant now as the CM can deny the statue 

anywhere”.