The landslide victory of the BJP-MGP alliance has come as breath of fresh air and a refreshing change for the people of Goa from the 5-year inefficient, non-performing and corrupt practices of the Congress government, which had spread like bubonic plague and caused the destruction of Goa and the peaceful lives of its people. Congress should now realize that Goa does not belong to them, much less to their winnable families. While credit for this victory goes primarily to the people of Goa for coming out in unprecedented numbers to vote out the corrupt and ‘family raj’, the BJP also needs to be congratulated for winning the confidence of the people, by shedding its communal tag, and refurbishing its image as a secular party with a difference. That all six Catholic candidates fielded by the party have won with a convincing margin vindicates the people’s faith in their representatives and promises to cleanse the Augean stables. It is hoped that BJP and its alliance partner live up to their promises to restore Goa to its earlier glory with a clean, transparent and corruption free government.
II You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time but you can’t fool all the people all the time. Goans came out in large numbers to prove the adage right. Now it is left to the BJP to live up to its mandate and give the people of Goa a clean and efficient government.
III The thumping victory of BJP-MGP alliance clearly showed people’s utter dismay to Congress corruption, lawlessness, individual greed and totally defunct governance. The fact that the voters exercised their franchise in such record numbers was but a clear indicator of people’s disgruntlement. Now that the alliance has been voted with a clear majority, it is for the new government to get down to the task of putting in place a clean people friendly, secular and transparent government.
IV The road to change has begun. However, it appears that family raj still persists, and only the Alemaos are out. The old war horses, the tainted and corrupt, except for a few, are all back in all parties, sometimes with considerable majority. The electorate has now to hold Parrikar and those who represent their area to their manifestos, boasts and promises like watchdogs to be worthy of true democracy.
John Eric Gomes
Courtesy : TOI