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Goa’s Changing Power Equations

PACHU MENON, MARGAO

While on one hand we have the ruling dispensation showing its reservations about alluring any more opposition MLAs into its folds, on the other hand the bonhomie that was on display between the BJP leaders and the Curtorim legislator during the latter’s 50th birthday celebrations gives indications of a new power equation that may yet be worked out between them. As it is, the government in Goa is an odd mixture of legislators who, with the exception of a few loyalists, together make up the ‘Congress face’ of the saffron party in the state. Owing allegiance to none but their own self-motivated interests, it is this motley crowd that has ‘apparently’ brought stability and strength to the ruling BJP in Goa after it had flirted for some time with regional parties and independent members. The ‘strength of ten’ is, however, a matter of conjecture and it really remains to be seen whether it has the ‘wherewithal’ to last the full term! What the state requires today are young and steadfast leaders, who can take it forward and design a transformational roadmap for Goa’s progress. Goa is unfortunately infested with politicians, who seek publicity even at the cost of public misery. Waste management, for instance, is a problem that assails the entire country today. Yet, instead of taking appropriate steps to resolve the muddle, we have leaders sparring publicly over the matter on one day and deciding to discuss the issue over a drink the very next day. The obsession to remain in news consumes many of the politicians in the state today. Hence the need for an effective Opposition has not been really felt considering the penchant shown by a conspicuous few ruling legislators to proffer opinionated views on many of the government’s agendas. With an equal number at loggerheads with colleagues over the functioning of their departments, it is quite evident that the BJP government in Goa is not unduly perturbed over the lack of a viable Opposition. In fact, there are many within its ranks! Will this ‘blame-game’ rock the BJP boat in Goa!

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