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Carrying On a Dubious Game in Goa?


Once again at the superficial level, Goa seems to be going back to having its politics dominated by the two big national parties. Both have leaders hopping across party lines and who seem well disposed to lobbies ranging from those advocating casinos to destructive strip mining, especially once they are in power. Neither of these parties seems to be able to go beyond conservative and divisive politics, to create a vision for the future for one of India's most affluent, best educated and out-migration oriented of states.

The Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have dominated Goas electoral politics for some decades now with the former beginning in the 1980s and the latter from the mid-1990s. The obvious result of the recently held assembly elections was that the Congress, contrary to all expectations fared better than the BJP with a tally of 17 and 13 respectively in the 40-seat House. And while the headlines were about the BJP rebounding quickly and unabashedly a number of important issues have been overlooked.

Depending on one's view point (or even bias) it is easy to justify one or the other side. The BJPs snatching or grabbing of power despite winning only 13 seats points to the divided house that the Congress is. The latter's inability to decide on a leader led the BJP quickly and straight to the governor. It got a head start with the support of smaller parties post-elections and an invitation from the party-nominated Governor Mridula Sinha. Her act was and continues to be contentious to say the least   Congress as Opposition

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Published On : 27th Feb, 2024

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