It is over two long months that this motley and cocktail Goa government assumed office but that promised Common Minimum Programme is nowhere in sight.
While in the Opposition Vijai Sardesai and Rohan Khaunte had consistently demanded the scrapping of the Investment Promotion Board which they had alleged was BJP’s massive den for Corruption. Now in a U turn Vijai Sardesai is content with a mere ‘tightening’ of the Investment Promotion Board while Rohan Khaunte is brazenly the new Vice-Chairman of that very board.
Vijai Sardesai and his Goa Forward had all along demanded the immediate removal of the Casinos from the River Mandovi. Something which Rohan Khaunte had also been very vociferous about until embracing the BJP.
Vijai Sardesai had also demanded enactment of news laws to fulfill the dream of Special Status for Goa. And what happens to that demand for the Denationalization of Goan Rivers. Vijai Sardesai was also very vocal against Mopa Airport dubbing it as a land scam.
Goa Forward was formed on January 25th 2016 with a prime objective to oust the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. “We are prepared to sacrifice and work with other political parties and politicians even though there may be some issues on which we are not on the same platform” is what the people of Goa were then assured.
Does Vijai Sardesai need to be reminded that he had time and again publicly charged the BJP of being “worse than the Congress” and that the BJP had threatened the DNA of Goa, which is mosaic of liberalism, pluralism, multilingualism, openness and bountiful nature of a Niz Goenkar?
But after having betrayed the trust of the people of Goa who had voted against the BJP, Vijai Sardesai, Jayesh Salgaonkar, Vinod Paliencar and the now not so independent Rohan Khaunte are all at the mercy of the BJP as they disgracefully sold themselves to the Saffron brigade for the sake of power and that moolah. And as beggars can be no choosers, they will have mutely tow the BJP’s devious agenda to which they so shamelessly surrendered. Under the guise of Goem, Goenkar and Goenkarponn it has been Fot, Foting and Fotingponn all the way.