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Dear Voter, don’t protest; Introspect!

 

The voter should blame himself or herself. No doubt the conscience vote is rising. But it is divided. This election was once again held to teach a lesson. But we voters have not learnt a lesson from the past, says SANDESH PRABHUDESAI.


The Assembly election 2017 is one step forward, two steps backward, for the voter of Goa.

Forward is a big leap forward, in terms of voter’s intolerance. The frustrated and disillusioned voter has started reacting fast, by next election. Thus the BJP faced the brunt this time.  The ‘conscience voter’ taught a lesson to the BJP by 2017. The same ‘conscience vote’  had to wait till 2012 election to visibly translate the voter’s frustration into action after witnessing seven chief ministers in five years due to series of defections during the term of 1989 to 94 and continuing the same during the next three Assemblies. The voter said enough is enough and taught a life-time lesson to the Congress, by pushing them down to humiliating single digit while giving clear majority of 21 to the BJP.

But little the BJP realised that it is not their traditional vote bank. They thought they have conquered the voter by throwing pieces of social security bread and building the physical infrastructure, which nowadays is called ‘development’. They actually thought that the justifications they gave for their series of U turns were convincing. They did not even realise that not fulfilling the high expectations raised by Manohar Parrikar of moral politics will have a big fall. The result was pathetic. The party, which entered Goa’s election arena in 1994 with four MLAs on the background of Babri Masjid-Ramjanmbhoomi issue and Hindutwa, has survived today because of seven Christian MLAs while their Hindu candidates and 10 sitting MLAs, including the chief minister and four more ministers, got defeated miserably. They could reach 13 because of the three imported Congressmen. Yet another lesson for the BJP to learn, that you cannot come to power without Hindu-Christian unity. In 2012, they had six MLAs belonging to the minority out of 21 and this time it is seven out of 13. 29% to 53%.

Though this is a strong blow by the conscience voters to the BJP in terms of marching one step forward, the two steps backward are: 1) they have voted for a Hung Assembly, and 2) they have elected the MLAs with immoral character. Precisely this is the reason why the BJP, despite being the second-largest, could form the government because they are also ruling at the centre. Similar to what Congress was doing all these years with their ‘central power’ and their ‘agent’ sitting at the Cabo.

The BJP has done nothing illegal or unconstitutional in forming the government. It has shown the number, which the single largest Congress could not show. In fact the Congress deserved it, for their past deeds. The BJP is also not at fault. But Manohar Parrikar is. Because he became the hero of Goan voters, claiming to be a politician with morals and ethics.  Not that he had not engineered defections to come to power in the past, but this was the height of his immorality. No doubt he is a good administrator, fine financial manager and an intelligent strategist, but also he has proved that he is no different from the immoral Congressmen or the new button mushrooms like Goa Forward. None of them bother what the people’s mandate is. The power corrupts. All are birds of the same feather, well, they have simply flocked together to share the cake of power.

Is this something new that we are getting agitated about? In terms of politicians – No. But – Yes – may be in terms of the conscience voter. The table shown below is enough proof of what we have witnessed in the last 27 years.

Before analysing the past, some explanations are necessary:

  1. Others include parties like Praja Samajwadi, Janata Party, Goa Congress, UGDP, Goa Rajiv Congress, Save Goa Party, Goa Vikas Party, NCP and Goa Forward.
  2. The MGP had pre-poll alliance with Praja Samajwadi in the first election of 1963 and the total was 16 in the 30-member House.
  3. In 1972, Shashikala Kakodkar was sworn in as the CM after the sad demise of Bhausaheb Bandodkar, due to which it had 2 CMs.
  4. In 2012, Laxmikant Parsekar was made the CM after Manohar Parrikar resigned to become the Defence Minister.

SEAT-POSITION OF GOA ASSEMBLY & CHIEF MINISTERS

YEAR

MGP

UGP

CONG

BJP

OTHERS

IND

TOTAL

STATUS

CMs

1963

14

12

0

0

2

2

30

 

1

1967

16

12

0

0

0

2

30

 

1

1972

18

10

1

0

0

1

30

 

2

1977

15

0

10

0

3

2

30

 

1

1980

7

0

19

0

1

3

30

 

1

1984

8

0

20

0

1

1

30

 

1

1989

17

0

19

0

0

4

40

HUNG

7

1994

12

0

18

4

3

3

40

HUNG

3

1999

4

0

21

10

4

1

40

 

3

2002

2

0

16

17

4

1

40

HUNG

3

2007

2

0

16

14

6

2

40

HUNG

1

2012

3

0

9

21

2

5

40

 

2

2017

3

0

17

13

4

3

40

HUNG

1?

 

The era of instability has started from the time voter has elected a hung Assembly. Since 1989, we have seen five hung Assemblies, including the present one. Interestingly, 1999 gave absolute majority of 21 to the Congress, but the power-hungry Congressmen joined hands with the BJP and created instability. In 2007, Digambar Kamat provided a ‘stable’ government in spite of voter electing a hung Assembly. The final result was that 16 chief ministers in 18 years – 1989 to 2007.  

The immoral businessmen politicians are bound to jump at the ‘best’ opportunities available to form a government when voter throws a hung Assembly. Today’s government is formed in the scenario of a fractured mandate. An obvious shocker could be Goa Forward and Rohan Khaunte who were elected to defeat the BJP, presuming that they would stick to the principles they espoused during the whole election campaign. But not a similar case with the MGP or Churchill Alemao. They are known for opportunistic politics. The voter feels betrayed because the so called anti-BJP forces have embraced the people, whom they had not voted for. The situation has arisen because of a hung Assembly, which the voter has elected, not the power-hungry immoral politicians.

In that case, the voter should blame himself or herself. No doubt the conscience vote is rising. But it is divided. This election was once again held to teach a lesson. But we voters have not learnt a lesson from the past. If we elect a hung Assembly, nothing different can happen. In Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party was criticised for a firm stand not to go against the people’s mandate and his government collapsed within 49 days. But the wise and conscience voter thought otherwise and got AAP re-elected AAP with unbelievable 67 out of 70 seats. Similar was the 2014 Lok Sabha election, giving the NDA and Prime Minister Narendra Modi 339 out of 543 seats.

In a similar manner, in 2012, the voter had seen the Parrikar-led BJP as the most viable alternative. The BJP-MGP-Independent alliance thus won 26 seats. There was no such one alternative decided by the voter this time. Instead, the voter went candidate-centric. The voter chose a better candidate, not the party. This has given us a hung Assembly. A step forward in this election was the instant reaction of the conscience voters to bring down the party which did not satisfy them. But it was not thought of with a broader perspective of whole Goa; only the constituency. The innocent voters believed in what these ‘better candidates’ said. And got cheated!

Thus required a next step forward by next election. Think of a party and not the candidate alone. Well, it’s a challenge to the voters how to choose the party. And also a challenge to the party, which would pose itself before the conscience Goan voters, who can get them elected to power.

The most positive outcome of the post-poll saga of jumping over principles and pre-poll assurances is that they have left the whole political ground open. It’s a challenge to those who want to start a new era in politics. Let the voter introspect and the ‘good politicians’ plan. Let us take these developments positively, rather than simply protesting and banging our heads on dead walls.

If not, well, nobody can stop what’s going on….




Goans loves Congress & BJP and hence they have given 30 Seats for both of them.

Congress-17 Seats & BJP-13 Seats = Total 30 Seats.

Goans does not need honest AAP.

 
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Sandesh Prabhudesai

Sandesh Prabhudesai is a journalist, presently the Editor of goanews.com, Goa's oldest exclusive news website since 1996. He has earlier worked as the Editor-in-Chief of HCN and Prudent, Goa's TV channels and Editor of Sunaparant, besides working as a reporter for Goan and national dailies & weeklies in English and Marathi since 1987. He also reports for the BBC. He is also actively involved in literary and cultural activities.

 

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