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It’s perhaps the first time in the history of independent Goa that so many precious lives have been lost within such a short time. It needs to be stressed upon that these ghastly figures are not just a reflection of the pandemic that’s wreaking havoc around the world but also signifies Absolute Mismanagement by our Government under the immature and careless leadership of CM Shri.Pramod Sawant. He’s truly the Accidental CM and this Accident has proved to be a Fatal Disaster for Goa, especially in these pandemic times.

It is sad to note that even after 60 precious lives being lost, the CMOs is conveniently ignoring the catastrophic escalations and going around with usual business and even thinking of building a new Raj Bhavan. It is like the proverbial Nero playing the fiddle while Rome was burning down.

Every day of inaction and Bhivpachi Garaj Na stance is leading to the number of deaths and infections recording a new high each evening. How the Leader of a State can go around without remorse or grief is a serious matter of concern. Perhaps autocracy and corruption has infected him so much that he has become immune to the sorrow, pain and devastation going around him.

From the beginning itself, I have been highlighting the need for a better management of Covid situation with proper planning for the projected spike in July-August. I had also been repeatedly requesting for improving our testing rates and methodology and I stand vindicated today on these and all other aspects that I have tried to bring to the notice of the CMOs, keeping in mind the welfare of the people of Goa.

If my pleas and valid suggestions were at least given the credit of being that of an Elected Representative of the People and were discussed in an open forum setting aside petty political ego and one-upmanship, we would perhaps have fared better. Effective Preparedness of Government machinery and Availability of Prompt Medical Facilities are of prime importance in combating a pandemic but sadly, our Government failed to have the foresight despite warnings from elected representatives and experts in the field. This Government has totally failed on Pandemic Crisis Management due to which we are now faced with lack of medical facilities, beds, isolation units, shortage of medical staff, uncontrolled rate of infections and death all around.

Our CM is keener on endorsing Goa’s Latin connection by enacting a Jair Bolsonaro style of Covid management or rather Mismanagement. Brazil today is the throes of mass deaths and desolation. The entire government machinery and the economy are in stagnation with no hope for revival as the huge number of deaths has left the country in a state of devastation. And just as the name crudely translates, our CM is filling his Bolsam[pockets] with money through corrupt means and ends like Quarantine Tourism, illegal mining, moneybags from the Casino/Hotel lobbies. Labour scam etc, of course all this, with the able support from his partner from Calangute who heads and executes all the underhand businesses.

Fraudulent suppression of Covid facts & figures, projecting a false bravado etc to give a Nothing to Worry in Goa picture to the Central Bosses has all backfired on hapless Goans who are now paying for all this with their precious lives.

Goa has to come out of this vicious cycle of carelessness, mismanagement, corruption and lack of governance all around. We cannot go on sacrificing lives because of the incompetence of a single person who lacks minimal compassion and concern for the continuous suffering of Goans and goes around with his arrogantly malicious attitude of “Bhivpachi Garaj Na” even after 60 precious lives are lost.

Goa is left with no other option but to call for a STEP DOWN/CHANGE IN LEADERSHIP to deliver Goans from the ever escalating infections and deaths.

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