Lessons of ZP for “Finale 2017”

By Sandesh Prabhudesai (EdiThought)
21 March 2015 17:39 IST

What is the outcome of the recent Zilla Panchayat elections, which was considered a ‘semi-final’ to the 2017 Assembly election?

* In proportion to 21 seats achieved from 40 Assembly seats in 2012, the BJP should have won minimum 26 seats in 50-member ZP. In reality, it won only 18 seats.

* The BJP bigwigs who lost one seat each are Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Speaker Rajendra Arlekar, Environment Minister Alina Saldanha, Industries Minister Mahadev Naik, Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar, Dr Pramod Sawant, Vishnu Wagh and Rajan Naik.

* The Goa Vikas Party lost two precious seats of RDA Minister Mickky Pacheco and MLA Caitu Silva.

* The ruling party coalition partners who lost their seats are Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado and Benjamin Silva.

* Babush Monseratte, who always said he doesn’t need any party but the party needs him, lost one seat of Chimbel in his St Cruz constituency. Similarly, Curtorim Congress MLA lost one seat in Raia.

* Except GVP in Raia of Curtorim Assembly segment and MGP in Chimbel of St Cruz constituency, no other party or MLA gained any additional seat.

* Though they scraped through, three MLAs are in danger zone – Mahadev Naik in Shiroda, Subhash Faldesai in Sanguem and Ramesh Tawadkar in Canacona.

* In spite of ruling for the last three years, neither BJP nor its coalition partner could win over the constituencies of their political opponents, except Raia and Chimbel.

* Rohan Khaunte and Naresh Sawal, who were supporting the coalition government all this time, became ardent enemies of the BJP and defeated their candidates.

What are the lessons the politicians need to learn from this historic ZP election?

* Don’t feel overconfident simply because you are in power.

* Don’t try to centralise powers of self-governing bodies like ZPs by contesting its elections at party level.

* Don’t treat elected representatives of self-governing bodies as remote-controlled toys.

* Goan voter does not vote blindly for those in power but ‘thinks’ with eyes and ears wide open before choosing his/her representative.

* No party can try and get back to the old political equation of 16-12, which started in 1963 and lasted till 1977 Assembly election.

* No party can come to power without taking all the religious communities together.

* If this was a semi-final, then the “Finale 2017” is a tough game for ‘everybody’, unless they perform and work for ‘United Goa.’

* Don’t take Goa’s young voter for granted any more. 

Disclaimer: Views expressed above are the author's own.

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Sandesh Prabhudesai (EdiThought)

Sandesh Prabhudesai is a journalist, presently the Editor of goanews.com, Goa's oldest exclusive news website since 1996. He has earlier worked as the Editor-in-Chief of Prudent & Goa365, Goa's TV channels and Editor of Sunaparant, besides working as a reporter for Goan and national dailies & weeklies in English and Marathi since 1987. He also reports for the BBC. He is also actively involved in literary and cultural activities. After retirement from day-to-day journalism in 2020, he is into Re-Search Journalism (पुनर्सोद पत्रकारिता), focusing on analytical articles, Video programs & Books.

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