Margao: A political power play over assuming credit for uninterrupted electricity supply amid the cyclone is on full display on social media between the two power centres of Fatorda.
A seemingly innocuous yet loaded tweet by Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai over the fairly good power situation in Fatorda despite the devastating cyclone Tauktae has unfolded into a full-blown war of words, with BJP general secretary and former MLA Damodar Naik targeting Sardesai, accusing him of claiming false credit for the underground power supply project in Fatorda, and the latter retaliating by making some foot soldiers of his party launch a diatribe against Naik.
“Trees don’t fall on underground power cables. In #Fatorda today, we’ve 100% underground cabling. Not because we foresaw #Tauktae, but we dared to imagine a future-ready Fatorda, and worked towards creating infrastructure equipped for any eventuality,” Sardesai had tweeted on Tuesday, which fuelled the controversy.
Taking offence at Sardesai’s attempt to derive political mileage over the power scenario in the constituency, Naik, in a video clip posted on Facebook, slammed Sardesai for spreading “falsehood” and “distorting facts”. Naik claimed that the underground power supply was former chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s dream project and that he had initiated it in 2004. Work was completed in 2012.
“I was the MLA then, and despite being in the opposition, I pursued the project with the government and ensured its timely completion. It was my vision to make Fatorda an uninterrupted destination.” Naik said and advised Sardesai not to “fool or misguide people” over social media. The BJP general secretary went on to challenge Sardesai to show him a single project that he brought in Fatorda during his stint as MLA over the past seven years, “despite being in the government and occupying the post of deputy chief minister”.
Not to be outdone, Sardesai, with a view to treating Naik’s outbursts with sheer contempt, entrusted the nine councillors he recently got elected from Fatorda with the task of defending their political master.
At a press conference convened at the GFP office on Wednesday, all the nine councillors launched into an acerbic broadside against Naik and sang paeans to Sardesai for “taking Fatorda forward”.
“The development done by the Fatorda MLA is there for all to see,” said MMC ex-chairperson Pooja Naik.