Panaji, What’s in a name? Ask the angry residents of South Goa’s Margao town, who have innovatively resisted the christening of an approximately two km long refurbished road, after former Chief Minister later Manohar Parrikar.
Last week, angry residents of Margao and Fatorda on their own volition, erected road signage dedicated to former leader of Opposition late Jack Sequeira and Goa’s best known poet and Padma Shri late Balakrishna Bhagwant alias Bakibab Borkar, even as the local municipal council controlled by the Goa Forward party headed by opposition MLA Vijai Sardesai was gearing up to put up signage of its own, in the memory of the former Defence Minister. The road is expected to be formally named after Parrikar on February 13, his first birth anniversary.
“Naming the road after Parrikar, who has nothing to do with Margao or Fatorda is a political move by Vijai. We want the road to be named after Jack Sequeira, who campaigned for Goa’s identity during the Opinion Poll of 1967 or our land’s greatest poet Borkar,” one of the agitators Viratio Fernandes has maintained. The road signage was later seized by civic workers.
The proposal to name the road from Arlem junction to Ravindra Bhavan in Margao, was mooted in July this year by the Margao Municipal Council, which is controlled by Sardesai...