PANAJI: A BJP legislator today claimed that his party could not perform well in recently-held Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) elections as the Congress candidates in the fray queered the pitch for it.
A panel led by expelled Congress MLA, Atanasio Monserratte outsmarted BJP in the polls by winning 17 out of 30 wards including Panaji, while the BJP won the rest.
Congress drew a blank.
"Congress, which had fielded its candidates for polls, damaged our prospects in many wards. In few wards, we missed the victory by a margin of few votes," BJP MLA Siddharth Kuncolienkar, who spearheaded the party's campaign, told reporters here.
Kuncolienkar said the party candidates lost at few wards by a whisker as votes got split due to presence of Congress candidates.