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Goa needs the power of Sharad Pawar. Desperately

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The game of power dynamics could be shifted in Maharashtra only because a united NCP and Sena could keep its flock together. That’s the challenge many parties are currently facing. The easy sell-outs and horse-trading often betray voters. While enough efforts were being put to buy out MLAs, the determined leadership of SharadPawar not only kept his legislators together but saved the party from the greed of his own nephew. Could Dhavalikar brother challenge the two MLAs who betrayed MGP for the BJP? Or for that matter the Congress?

 

 

 

 

 

 

What has happened in Maharashtra will definitely go down the history. The overnight claim of BJP to form a government, early morning revocation of President’s Rule and then a huge setback by the Supreme Court. Both DevendraFadnavis and AjitPawar were forced to step down within hours of swearing-in. Rather, reluctantly.

 

What NCP-Sena has collectively done is not just commendable but the need of the hour. Yesterday while interacting with media, NCP Supremo SharadPawar took a low jibe at Goa saying ‘he will not allow what has happened in Goa to be repeated in Maharashtra’ as insulting as it may sound but Goa’s politics is seen not in a good light outside or within the state.

 

REGIONAL FORCE IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR

The game of power dynamics could be shifted in Maharashtra only because a united NCP and Sena could keep its flock together. That’s the challenge many parties are currently facing. The easy sell-outs and horse-trading often betray voters. While enough efforts were being put to buy out MLAs, the determined leadership of SharadPawar not only kept his legislators together but saved the party from the greed of his own nephew. Could Dhavalikar brother challenge the two MLAs who betrayed MGP for the BJP?

 

To tackle the money power in Indian politics currently, a strong front of regional parties only will play an important role. In Goa, we see that’s largely been missing. Post their fall out with the BJP, both MGP and Goa Forward are still under ambiguity. The two leaders, SudinDhavalikar and VijaiSardesai hardly see each other eye to eye. Moreover, they do not come across as political alternatives for the public. Other groups like Revolutionary Goans, are yet to announce their political foray. They find their mention here only because of the mass support they enjoy on various platforms.

 

NO PAWAR WITHIN THE CONGRESS

Congress has lost the bus not one but several times. Moreover, at the current state, the party still looks reeling from the big shocker of losing their 10 MLAs to BJP. While no doubt that the existing leadership of the Congress is experienced but seldom do they manage to put a united front. For Congress, winning back the trust of the public could be a long-game.

 

SO WHERE IS GOA HEADED, POLITICALLY 

With 25 MLAs in BJP’s kitty, the party looks strong but is the public happy with the governance? There is a gap between what was promised and is being offered. For Eg: The issue of roads and potholes is yet to see the improvement. Minister-in-charge has failed to stick to any promise he has made till date. Well, it’s just one of the many issues Goans are reeling under. Now, if we need to see the change, we need determination and the strength that was shown in Maharashtra. Does any party or the leader in Goa have the strength to fight the BJP? I doubt. And that’s why I think it’s high time Goa needs someone who could pull off what Pawar could do in Maharashtra.

 

-By Deepali Desai

 

Writers Desricption

Deepali Desai is a independent journalist. She has had over 9 years of experience working with India’s top TV news channel including Times Now, NDTV and NewsX

 

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