PANAJI: From being deleted from the electoral roll to winning the elections to the Corporation of the City of Panaji from ward 1, Nelson Cabral’s journey during the course of the civic polls has been one of poetic justice.
Cabral, a former Corporation of the City of Panaji corporator, lost the elections in 2011 and 2016, but this time around trounced BJP-backed candidate Malcolm Afonso by 59 votes to emerge victorious.
The ruling side attempted to thwart Cabral’s bid to contest the Corporation of the City of Panaji polls by “erroneously excluding” his name along with 60 others from the voter rolls for wards 1 and 2 of the Corporation of the City of Panaji in the Dona Paula area. Cabral’s home was excluded from CCP limits and was brought under the Taleigao village panchayat’s jurisdiction even though he was paying taxes to the CCP.
Cabral had consequently approached the high court of Bombay at Goa seeking that his house be brought under CCP limits, which the court upheld.
He is a known political critic of Panaji MLA Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate and also holds tremendous influence in the Dona Paula area. Outgoing councillor Nazareth Cabral, his brother, also found his name omitted from the electoral rolls.