Today 14th March the coalition Goa government led by Chief Minister Manohar
Parrikar completes a year in office. Politicians and Political parties who
were ideologically poles apart from the BJP prior to the 2017 Assembly
elections, suddenly within hours of the results being declared on
March 11th all
jumped and congregated on the same bed without caring that Goa was being
further screwed. Manohar Parrikar shrewdly maneuvered and manipulated
every trick under his sleeve to usurp the Chief Minister’s chair. The
formation of the coalition was not for the sake of Goa but selfishly to
share Power and the spoils of office.
To assuage the then public resentment and outrage over this current unholy
alliance, the people of Goa were hoodwinked by promising a Common Minimum
Programme (CMP) which would guide and gear the functioning of this motley
But as was expected it has been a year of confusion, contradictions and
controversies. This may sound like a eulogy but it is factually the ground
reality. While assuming office this government by way of Goem, Goenkar and
Goenkarponn had promised the moon but has reneged on almost every promise
Manohar Parrikar’s only achievement over the last year is of having almost
stifled the entire voice of the Opposition. By his trademark tactics he has
been able to keep on leash, and ground most of the Opposition MLAs.
Surprisingly to the credit of Manohar Parrikar even some of the otherwise
very vocal and proactive NGO’s have also gone into comatose. The Chief
Minister has been playing to the gallery on the issue of Goenkarponn but
has done nothing to control the alarming and unacceptable levels of
migration into Goa.
While in the Opposition Vijai Sardesai and Rohan Khaunte had consistently
demanded the scrapping of the Investment Promotion Board (IPB) which they
had alleged was BJP’s massive den for Corruption. Now in a U turn Vijai
Sardesai is content with the IPB while Rohan Khaunte is brazenly the new
Vice-Chairman of that very board.
Vijai Sardesai and his Goa Forward had also all along demanded the
immediate removal of the Casinos from the River Mandovi. Something which
Rohan Khaunte had also been very vociferous about until embracing the BJP. The
escalating levels of crime in the State is a matter of grave concern. The
rampant corruption continues unabated. Only the agents, brokers and
beneficiaries have changed. Scams have continued galore.
This government has miserably handled the Mining issue with its uncalled
for confrontational attitude with the Supreme Court. It is no secret that
the ruling coalition has now cozied up with the Mining lobby too, only
proving that Power corrupts and absolute Power corrupts absolutely.
So on its first anniversary this coalition government has nothing to
celebrate or even cheer about. Governance has gone for a toss and the
administration is in a state of limbo with Captain Manohar Parrikar himself
under medical treatment in New York after assuring the people that he would
govern Goa through video- conferencing and email from his hospital
bed. Towards the end of his political innings the power obsessed Manohar
Parrikar has committed the worst possible political harkiri by not handing
over the charge of the State to the Senior most Minister before he left for
the United States. Today despite serious and pressing issues confronting
the State we have no Chief Minister in place while the Government is
hovering all over alike a headless chicken. Sorrowing lies our Goa.
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