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Power struggle for Quepem civic body’s top post

Quepem: Resentment is brewing among ruling councillors of Quepem Municipal Council (QMC) against the functioning of the council headed by chairperson Raul Pereira, as a formula of sharing power appears to have gone awry.
In a 11-member council, the panel supported by local Congress MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar won 9 seats in the last 2015 council elections. Filu D’Costa was unanimously elected as QMC chairperson, but he vacated his chair in 2017 just before the assembly polls, as Kavlekar accommodated Raul Pereira as chairperson on January 1, 2017.

Sources said that the move stemmed from fears of a revolt by Pereira if he was denied the post. But as his tenure ended in March this year, sources told TOI that majority of the councillors are unhappy with the chairperson’s attitude and behaviour with councillors and public. Most of the decisions are taken without consensus among ruling councilors, sources alleged.
Speaking to TOI on condition of anonymity, a group of councillors said that a compromise had been arrived at in the ruling camp after polls that some of the councillors will be given a year’s term as chairperson. But Pereira is unwilling to step down.

Sources revealed that the councillors group discussed the issue of change in guard with the MLA. Former chairperson Filu D’Costa, who is a close aide of the MLA and is on good terms within the group, may get an opportunity.
When asked whether he is a frontrunner, D’Costa denied it, but added that he is ready to take the responsibility if fellow councillors and MLA urged him to do so. [TOI]

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