MGP stalwarts divided over Tai's Opinion Poll theory

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 10 January 2013 20:52 IST

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party leaders of the 60s and 70s are divided over the allegation made by former chief minister Shashikala Kakodkar that Opinion Poll was a farce and it was rigged through bogus voting.

 Former MGP minister Gopalrao Mayekar has supported Shashikala-tai’s allegation.

But former MGP MP Adv Amrut Kansar has claimed that MGP itself was divided on the issue of Goa’s merger into Maharashtra.

The controversy over the merger issue was raked up once again the Legislators’ Day on Wednesday.

Former MLA Radharao Gracias said that Bhausaheb Bandodkar wanted to destroy Goa’s identity by merging Goa into Maharashtra.

In retaliation, Bhau’s daughter and former chief minister Shashikala Kakodkar made an allegation that Opinion Poll was a farce and it was rigged through bogus voting.

Staunch protagonist of Marathi and merger Gopalrao Mayekar, who was also the minister in Bandodkar regime, fully supported Shashikala’s allegation with his own arguments.

According to Mayekar, the rigging becomes evident since people re-elected MGP to power in 1967 Assembly election, held soon after Opinion Poll.

"It means that majority Goans actually were in favour of merging Goa into Maharashtra.

Adv Amrut Kansar, who was the North Goa MP during Shashikala regime, said that the MGP itself was divided on the issue Goa’s merger into Maharashtra.

According to him, there were many MGP men who were in favour of Marathi but not in favour of merging Goa into Maharahstra.

"Many party workers were also of the view that Goa's unique identity and culture should be retained separately", said Adv Kansar.

Shashikala had said that Luizinho Faleiro had publicly admitted that he had voted twice in the Opinion Poll when he was 15 years old and did not have a voting right.

According to her, the whole opinion poll was thus rigged. But Advocate Kansar does not agree with this.

Adv Kansar also refuted this argument stating that the political equations were totally against the merger.

"There may be some youth who might have enthusiastically gone to the booth to vote against the merger, but such people were very few and definitely not to get the majority", he said. 


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If they doubted rigging in the Opinion Poll, why they were sleeping all these years. They should have protested immediately. Even Bhausaheb accepted the verdit of the Opinion Poll.

Gopalrao Mayenkar's argument does not hold water. People wanted Bandodkar as the Chief Minister of Goa but did not want to merge Goa into Maharashtra but wanted to maintain it's distinct identity.

Shashikala's argument that Luisinho Faleiro said he voted twice in the Opinion poll is meaningless. Faleiro must have said so to boast about his 'invaluable' contribution in the Opinion Poll. They say many things just for the sake of votes. This in itself cannot be taken as reason for saying that the Opinion Poll is a farce.

Tai is disgruntled for being not in power and even in MGP which was founded by her father.

- Francisco G. Lourenco, London | 11 th January 2013 13:19

 

opinion poll was rigged. 50 thousand armed forces personnel and centarl govt employees who were in goa, not a single goan voter among them, voted in opinion poll. As a result two leaves won by about 25 thousand votes. If these 50 thousand votes were deleted flower would have won by 25 thousand votes. The rigging was done by bandodkar himself for jawaharlal nehru. Whole thing was directed by lal bahadur shashri personally sitting in goa. Main thing is everything was done in national interest. Portugal supporters were defeated, goa got its own identity, bandodkar became cm of goa for lifetime, goa progressed, we nationalist won and nehru won lok sabha election. Nehru wanted to do same in kashmir if he had succeded there even kashmir issue would have been solved. All you need to do is to look at opinion poll voters list and voting record which goa news can easily publish. There are a lot of things a good leader has to do in national interest. What do you think we would have allowed goa to go back to portugal or become a seperate country?

- jayesh nayak, porvorim | 11 th January 2013 12:25

 

Opinion poll was and still is the "atma swabhiman " of niz goenkar. Even today if the same is held the result would be the same; sans immigrants. Some body voted for two persons ( not more thanks for being candid than boastful) does negate the definitive mandate.

The Assembly polls prior or after the historic event were a local affair more of caste factor which persists even today though we have one of the highest literacy rates. INC got its calculations wrong by fielding more Brahmins.

I fail to understand why over the past two decades, Salcete has been consistently sending poorly educated MLAs to the assembly. It is just as true for the outbursts of ex-MLAs living in their own quixotian worldand are so out of tune with the present ground reality.

With due respects to Tai, History will forever conclude that Bhau was indeed brainwashed by Vasantrao Naik only for the latters personal political gain. Speaking konkani at home, but marathi with friends is an age old weakness of Hindu Goans; but this trait should not be equated with Sanyukt Maharashta propogated by Naik.

We would have been vestegial appendages in the conundrum of Konkan/West Maharashtra/Khandesh/Marathwada/Vidharba with absolutely no voice to be heard in the Parliament.

This was rightly recognised by Goans during opinion poll.

Let us not stoop to belittle the mandate by a private bashing in the ex-legislators forum.

- vasudeo deshprabhu, pernem | 10 th January 2013 22:02

 

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