Manohar Parrikar’s manifesto looks like it has been cobbled together from a random stroll through Panjim city. He knows he has crossed the line with the people of Panjim and the people of Goa with his lies. He has given the U-turn shape and identity. You think “U-turn” and Manohar Parrikar floats into your consciousness.
Despite the U-turns, the people of Goa are not going to forgive him easily for giving away SIX of our rivers and their river banks to the Centre.
This manifesto of his looks like Parrikar is just going through the motions. He is very aware that he may lose this election. The probability is high. If he loses and Girish Chodankar wins, his buddies Messrs Vijay & Company will slither to the Congress and demand that they keep their portfolios. If Parrikar loses, BJP will fall and though Goa is still in trouble with the rest of the carpetbaggers still in place, hopefully the New Delhi invasion will slow down to a trickle.
Some say Parrikar is ready with his exit plan. According to a section of the media, he says he can always be Defense Minister of the country again. The jury is still out on that one. Amit Shah may be the new Defence Minister of India. And anyway Parrikar’s supporters insist that is fake news. But whether Parrikar wants to be Defense Minister or a dairy farmer if he loses the bye-election is of no importance to Goa. What he will do, or not do, if he wins is the worrying factor.
Have a look at his manifesto. Here is what was wrong with it in February 2017 and remains wrong in August 2017: