TiTs & BiTs (020)
The Issue-Centric Mathany Saldanha
We all were, happy, glad, euphoric, rejoiceful …et al, when we heard the good news of Mathany’s win over Mauvin Godinho. Atlast! We had a match for our good old, bad Mauvin. And we were even more happier and rejoiceful, when Mathany settled for being a simple MLA when he could have demanded and gotten the education or the environment or for that matter the fisheries portfolio. And we all agreed with Mathany for his settling-down to be the issue-centric MLA.
Now then, we thought, here is the ferocious, sentimental to goan issues, dog, who was on the leash for decades, let loose atlast in our jackal infested legislative assembly. And we all settled down to watch the fun, the pandemonium, the tearing apart that would be taking place when the assembly session was called to order. And we waited for our friendly ferocious Alsation to go for Jindal’s META Strip’s jugular, and the shredding apart of the Ranes, Luizinhos Sardinhas and Manohar Parrikars.. Why Meta? Did he not go hungry for days on end under the ferry warf-side tree? Was he not canned like a sardine for a full day at the Panjim police lock-up?
But mysteriously, the ferocious Alsatian that walked in the Legislative Assembly turned out to be a miserable, all pleasing, face licking, POODLE with a saffron bow tied to its neck. Gone was the deafening roar, the blood curdling bark that we used to hear at the Lohia Maidan and the Cortalim Jetty etc. Damn! Is this “winning elections” all about? Just a wind bag which goes Phooohs once elected? We wondered!
And, if the issues are no longer the Meta Strip, the absolute polluter,. the non performing pollution control board, the to be re-introduced Zuari Bridge toll, the threat to Heritage buildings, especially the Old GMC which is presently being demolished, the Chicalim municipal garden suspiciously and suddenly turned Recreation Park, the tenders for the computers largeese for students, the hike in Salaries of Ministers and MLAs, the salaries for Panchayat Members, the Panjim City Municipal Corporation Bill, the nomination for best teacher of the year award to Dnyneshwar Pundalik Pedneker, the systematic corrupter, than what is? What about the 37 long questionnaire that he vociferously propagated.? Are these non issues too?
And, they say that a man is evasive when he cannot look straight into your eyes when dealing with issues. I don’t think Mathany is capable of holding the eye to eye contact for long. There is a loving name for this type of a breed which is called “Hypocrite” Perhaps, this is the reason that the chair in the august Legislative Assembly had evaded him for such a long long time.
And, they also say that Mathany has been elected by default only because Martha Saldanha was not given the Congress ticket. They say that there always is a woman behind every successful man. Could this woman be Martha Saldanha?, They say that Mathany had already conceded defeat to Mauvin with a shake of the hands before Cansaulim was taken for counting. Whatever it may be that the people now say, the crux of the matter is that when we expected a tearing wolf, we have a meekly, master’s face licking poodle on our hands.
And, maybe, it would have been much better if Mathany had grabbed one or the other portfolios when it was for grabbing like it was done by Mickky and Babush. Atleast, the people of Cortalim would be proud to have a Poodle Minister, for all their troubles.