25 January, 2021

Secular Jugular

With the Congress mess, the BJP almost had it in the bag...till the Church woke up

Ganadeep Sheldekar
Secular Jugular

Too Big A Cross

  • Congress can’t finalise candidates till late because of infighting. Defections, rebels plague them in South Goa.
  • BJP ecstatic, sees dream of a Hindu winning Christian-dominated South Goa seat; Parrikar sees ‘Goa shining’ dreams.
  • Church puts out advisory, warns against  ‘communal-corporate interests’, Goa’s ‘secular spirit being infiltrated’.
  • Parrikar in panic, tones down ‘Modi for PM’ talk, says BJP is secular.


Till three or four weeks ago, the BJP appeared to have half-won both the Lok Sabha seats in Goa—North Goa and South Goa—with the months of updating of electoral demographics and mobilising of booth committees and early naming of candidates giving it a big headstart over a battered Congress at its wits’ end over the dogfight ensuing out of too many claimants. The high commanders made the confusion worse by belatedly finalising the names of ex-CM...



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