Goa’s unelected opposition & shift in political paradigm

By Deepali Desai
27 August 2019 17:48 IST

While growing up we always heard of MLAs jumping from one party to another in Goa. The formations of Government and them falling overnight were talked about in the family circles. While criticism often came their way, largely, politicians ditching their parties were casually taken. In India, mostly the mandate, after all, is given for 'other reasons' than the performance based on their pre-poll promises. 

In all these years, little has our mindset changed, hence I guess it is okay for them to shift sides so easily. After the death of late Manohar Parrikar, I thought BJP will grapple with leadership crisis but many were proven wrong. Not only did the party give a young face to the state but what Goa witnessed was brutal political poaching. The initial mandate was dismissed. It was almost like the people of Goa had lost their say, the opposition was left paralysed and two alliance partners and an independent MLA were shown the door. The leader of opposition became the deputy chief minister. The scenario was changed overnight and in the process- the democratic system was jeopardised.

We must realise, that for a successful democracy to function, the opposition's role is vital. If there is no opposition, there is no one to highlight the real problems on-ground. The poorest of the poor suffer and many lose their voice in the process. In Goa, for example, there are several issues- right from bad roads, lack of jobs, rising crime rates to concerns over drugs being peddled into the state, casinos, mining and the list goes on. In the case of CRZ notification, the fisher-folk community has been protesting for many years now and the outcome is almost zero. The question is, who is representing them in the house of elected representatives? 

The recent floods that hit the state were an eye-opener of sorts but what are the steps that are now being taken to ensure that our state will never go through something similar ever again? Sadly, no questions were asked by those in the opposition. Their inconsistency to pursue matters have become their biggest failure and that's unfortunate not for them but for us who have to face these issues in our day-to-day lives. 

That being said, the political scenario on digital platforms look very different. I can see the emerging political leadership there. The gang of youth, very inexperienced however in political circles are trying hard to build their identities within the locals using social media. In my opinion, in today's times, neither the social media nor these young leaders can be entirely dismissed. Yes, they are rookies in politics, I am also not sure how much they are aware of our state's history but often they take active stance more than anyone from those elected representatives in the opposition parties. Fact is, they are garnering support and that cannot be overlooked. A group who call themselves revolutionaries, has garnered a fair share of attention with their pro-Goa, anti-migrant extremism. Sometimes I feel this can be lethal in the long run but more such groups are forming up.  The new entrant is Yuva Goa which promises to come across as more tolerant and commit themselves towards people's welfare. The man behind Yuva Goa is Siddhesh Bhagat, an ex-sarpanch of Aquem Baixo who created a buzz with is social work despite being in a position which otherwise goes unnoticed. 

Current trends online show, for the youth of Goa these leaders (irrespective of their approach of handling issues) are giving them the hope that could potentially bring a change into mundane functioning of things that are currently underway. However, they have a long way to go. After all, to be a mass leader, one has to undergo people’s test through elections. Until then, there is only activism and popular opinion says our state currently needs a new line of leadership representing us in the assembly. Some may argue that it is too soon to highlight them as the next generation of political leaders but the fact is their activism on issues cannot be ignored. Hence, it won't be entirely wrong to say that Goa may soon witness a paradigm shift in political leadership.


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Deepali Desai

Formerly a Television Journalist with close to a decade long experience in covering news. She has worked with India's top news channels such as Times Now, NDTV & NewsX. Recently, she had a stint in Goa365 as a Desk Head. She breathes politics and likes to keep her eyes on social media trends. Deepali is from Ribandar, Goa, presently working in North India for Women’s Rights Organisation.

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- Jack De Goan, Goa | 28 th August 2019 19:37



Election in Goa should be BALLOT PAPER and not with EVM.

Re-election of any MLAs or MPs who joins another party with two third or whole party.

- Jack De Goan, Goa | 28 th August 2019 19:29


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