Alina refutes charges on Cortalim-Quelossim division

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October 23, 2015 at 12:26 pm #5956

Refuting the allegations levelled against her by the Cortalim-Quelossim sarpanch on the panchayat bifurcation issue, Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha has advised him to stop blaming her and accused him of not replying to the government about the reason for the bifurcation.

It may be recalled that Cortalim-Quelossim Sarpanch Hilario Figueiredo, while replying to queries at the recent gram sabha, claimed the bifurcation of the panchayat was yet to see the light of day only due to objections raised by Saldanha.

“The sarpanch should stop blaming others. He should accept that I was the one who took them to meet then chief minister Manohar Parrikar at least twice. After the meeting, Parrikar promised that he would look into their grievances. He was very positive about the demand, and the only thing he asked for was the panchayat to briefly state the reason for the bifurcation.

Also, when the sarpanch came to my office, I told him to just write the reasons in brief. It is sad that the panchayat has failed to provide the same details,” said Saldanha.She added, “It is also true that after advising the panchayat, I did not follow up on the issue. However, if they want, then they can bring the issue to me and I will take it up again.

“Regarding Figueiredo’s allegations and her course of action, she said, “I think the sarpanch is in the habit of finding faults in others, but what he does wrong he doesn’t go to see. I have done everything I can do as MLA and I will again ask them to come to me so that we together can put this issue before the government.”

Source/Reference: Herald, “Alina refutes charges on Cortalim-Quelossim division

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