And, for a CM that was given just three months to pack his bags and go mountain climbing, has survived 2 whole years, a thing that must be giving ulcers in the Congress camp. And no matter how many Nostradamuses or the roadside popatwallas are consulted, Manohar Parrikar will go on giving ulcers to those in the Congress camp whose pants are itching to park on the CMs Kodel.
And all the players in the Goan political field are testing the shifting grounds by advertising their open houses for memberships, as if Goemkars are in a hurry to belong to or to commit themselves one way or the other. Goemkars are become smart Alecs’ who will weigh pros and cons only during the time of elections with “ Give and take” as the only incentive. It is believed that a particular candidate in the last assembly elections left a bagful of notes and a bunch of cell phones on the table of a priest and just walked away. The pros and cons I am talking about. Nobody bothers if it is a pack of hyenas who will want to tear up the carcass when they see one, like the one in Jammu and Kashmir. In the absence of a set of commitments laid down in their party’s constitutions, behavioural vagaries to satisfy personal interests rather than the interests of the people takes the upper hand. As a result it is always a one man show, minus the party that contested the elections.
And in Goan politics, we have seen this all too well. Election time, we see the HAND, the KOMAL, the LION, the TWO LEAVES and a horde or others parading and begging for votes giving the impression of a committed force under one banner. Once elections are won, it becomes RANE – LUIZINHO - SARDINHA, or MANOHAR PARRIKAR, or SHASHIKALA KAKODKAR. The Hand goes in the pocket to work the tricks, the Lion in his den to sleep, and the Komal in the lake to float, not forgetting the two green leaves probably getting roasted in some fireplace.
Recently, we have seen some political heads like Shashikala Kakodkar wanting to capitalize on the Deepa Murkunde’s unrinating affair. I want to know how many public toilets did MGP of Shashikala Kakodkar build during her and her father’s rule in Goa. Sad to say that the culture of public toilets is never in the psyche of our Indian politicians or for that matter the Indian people. I once had a very bad experience at the Delhi International Airport some years ago where a tin pot in the departure lounge’s toilet refused to fill up even with the tap fully on, leave alone there not being a roll of toilet paper in the toilet roll stand. If I was Deepa Murkunde then, I would certainly have gone and messed up the airport manager’s office.
And if people were bothered in the least bit, they would ensure that the various parties who parade themselves in the election frays, have their commitments sealed in their respective party constitutions where they would be obliged to perform to the dictats of those commitments and not go haywire with arbitary decisions once elected to power. As an example I would like to reproduce here just one Article in a very down to earth constitution of a party concerning “coalition” ‘‘ THE DECISION TO PARTICIPATE IN A COALITION GOVERNMENT OR TO SIT IN THE OPPOSITION SHALL BE TAKEN BY THE GENERAL BODY IN ITS EXTRA ORDINARY MEETING. ANY DECISION TO FORM A COALITION GOVERNMENT SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE PARTY’S FIRM COMMITMENT THAT CABINET SIZE WILL NOT EXCEED ‘FIVE’ INCLUDING THE CHIEF MINISTER. THE COALITION ARRANGEMENT SHALL ALSO BE FIRMLY GROUNDED ON AGREED POLICIES TO BE FOLLOWED. IN CASE OF DEVIATION IN THE AGREED POLICIES, THE PARTY MAY WITHDRAW FROM THE COALITION. ’’ and as a yet another step to cement this commitment, if this Constitutional provision was sealed, never to be amended would’nt it be easier on the decision making process of the party and close the doors to horse-trading? Also, would’nt this mean that the people actually have the power to decide instead of just Sonia-Rane-Luizinho, Pawar- Dr. Willy or Advani – Parrikar combination?
And we are tired of listening to the same old stories where the party manifestoes are forgotten, left to the winds, fried and eaten etc. Not long ago Luizinho called his election manifesto the Bible, the Gita and the Koran. This Holy Holy Holy manifesto vanished in thin air the moment Luizinho sat on the CMs kodel. And his promised cabinet size of just 6 , vouched by Sonia herself, became 14 overnight.
The new Director of Information, Government of Goa, Mr. Rajesh Singh professes his deep faith in the good governance of Manohar Parrikar. Two years have gone by for this brand of good governance of Manohar Parrikar where stray dogs are increasing and getting hungrier to even maul-up sleeping people., stray cattle has not only become street resident but also have become the black topping contractors, and the hawkers are still hawking their wares in government offices with impunity. If I were to sit down to enlist more of the good governance of Manohar Parrikar in the above vein, I would probably need the assistance of Mr. Rajesh Singh for an entire week. Suffice it to say that the brand of Manohar Parrikar’s good governance is visible on every street light pole in the form of the Komal flags, and recently, all the trees lining the streets and road with the newest posters. And even the marble units in the Pilern Industrial Estate are not spared of this good governance where one sees a larger than life photographs where the hands of garlanded Manohar Parrikar are being caressed and almost licked by the unit owners. No wonder the Gaon Chalo Abiyan gets stronger with sponsors such as these.
In the words of Chandrakant Keni, ‘ WHAT GOA NEEDS’ , I think that Goa certainly needs the good governance of public tom foolery a la Manohar Parrikar and his aid in arms Mr. Rajesh Singh to convince us Goans that we need Manohar Parrikar to go places instead of himself that need Manohar Parrikar to climb ladders.