For those eight Catholic MLAs today will be their first Sunday Mass where the congregation will be the very people that voted in good faith but were so callously and insultingly betrayed after that very high-handed and detestable defection. After having sinned for the greed of Money and Lust for Power, they may try to seek repentance in vain for the political prostitution they have indulged in while taking Goa and Goans for a ride. Fooling some of the people some of the time may be possible but fooling God at any time is Impossible!
The Anti-defection law came into force in 1985 to deter the evil of political defections by legislators motivated by the lure of office and monetary gains. The intent of the law was to prevent corruption by way of horse-trading.
Our Goa may be India’s smallest State within the world’s largest democracy, but it has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. We have shown the nation ways and means to circumvent the Anti- Defection law, with political prostitution and party turncoats. Our arrogant and deceitful politicians have perfected the art of betrayal and subversion of the precious democratic right of the individual for their own personal gain. Fortunately, the natural law of Karma that says what goes around comes around will always outsmart the treachery and evil perpetrated by the few on the many.
What Goa has witnessed is a Jamboree of political hara-kiri sponsored by the cash rich and power intoxicated BJP ready to take advantage of the corrupt and the gullible. Politics makes strange bedfellows. Even those in the world’s oldest profession do it better.
St. John the Baptist (Sao Joao) rightly referred to such bandits as a Brood of Vipers in condemnation of such evil acts against the people by hypocrites in power.
The prophetic words of St Francis Xavier still ring true: Goa ninguem levará mas por si acabara (no one will take Goa, but it will be finished by itself).