Panaji: Minister Govind Gawade on Monday termed politics as a gambling, appealing the people to weed out those who want to venture in this field without working for the society.
Gawade, who is an Independent MLA, has been in a bitter fight with alliance partner MGP. After his alleged spat with senior minister Sudin Dhavalikar during a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, his resignation was sought by MGP.
“I have said that politics has become a gambling. I must say that the way politics is going in Goa, it looks like it is laced with blackmailing and a business where you invest money during election and recover it during later period,” said Gawade, who is Art and Culture Minister in Manohar Parrikar-led Cabinet.
“It looks like, politics is a dirty game,” he said asking the people to clean it up.
“It is up to Goans to clean it up. They should think about it and elect only those people who have worked for the society and not the one who enter politics loaded with bags of cash,” he said.
Gawade said “if such kind of politics of allowing people to enter in without background of social work continues, then we will lose our Goenkarponn (Goanness).”
“Only those who have been in the social field for years and who aspire to work for the people should enter politics. He should know the pulse of the people,” he said.
The minister held voters responsible for allowing such people who has no social background into politics. “If you give some donation to the temple, that does not mean you have done a social work,” he said.
Gawade said that there is a need to find out solution for the current mess that is witnessed in the political set up of Goa.