The BJP completes ten years of its rule in Goa. It has to be assessed on the ‘Goa Vision Document 2012-2017’, that was released by the Party in the run-up to the March 2012 Assembly elections and it’s later Manifesto in 2017.

It has been an unending string of U Turns and reneged promises. Despite having been given a clear mandate in 2012, the BJP failed to deliver on the ‘Parivartan’ that it had promised by way of Good governance and Zero tolerance to corruption.  It has been rampant corruption and scams galore. We have witnessed total nepotism and sheer display of arrogance.

The BJP had promised the moon by way of a Golden Goa and Acche din but reneged on almost every promise while also breaching every possible law. It has been governance enveloped in confusion, contradictions and controversies.

The BJP vowed that Annual Performance Reports of every government department would be prepared and publicized. This did not happen. Also promised was participatory governance at village level as envisaged in the 73rd and 74th amendments, which too, did not see the light of the day. Promised was a new Agricultural policy to make agriculture more rewarding but all that we have witnessed is the continued sight of fields and hills being converted into concrete jungles. We were assured a new regional plan keeping in mind Goa’s identity, but we have seen no plausible progress in that direction while a selected coterie of builders  having a field day with constructions mushrooming everywhere without the much needed provision for basic infrastructure of electricity, water, parking, sewage and garbage disposal.

To ensure regular, uninterrupted power supply the BJP had promised in 2012 that the whole of Goa would have underground cabling in five years and that the State would be plastic-free in three years which has also not happened. The promise of a garbage management system is still a distant dream. The government has miserably failed in its promise of 12 hours-a-day uninterrupted drinking water. Escalating level of crime is a matter of grave concern while political interference in police functioning is turning Goa into a lawless State.

The BJP had promised that Professionals and not Politicians would head Corporations and other bodies but to our utter dismay, all the Corporations are loaded with political cronies including many who were defeated at the Assembly elections. Despite the financial crisis, the BJP has hired thousands with merit not being the criteria.

Even in its last days this government has been on a spree tendering new projects and laying more foundation stones despite a mountain of incomplete projects all over. It has also extravagantly doled out freebies to attempt luring the voters. But all this is a sign of very bad governance – when a State sponsors fun and frolic more so when its coffers are empty. The government which has been on a borrowing spree cannot sustain such lavish spending. The BJP’s promises have ended up like China-made goods, with neither a guarantee nor warranty.

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