That BJP lost its way (which was crooked anyway) and took to the gutter of vile opportunism, particularly in Goa, would bother no one if it were not to drag Goa to the abyss. BJP is now at its most trying crossroad.
The open revolt and rebellion being witnessed within the BJP comes as no surprise, for its Goa unit has chosen a rank mercenary path. Under Chief Minister Pramod Sawant it has clearly lost, rather consciously abandoned, its earlier way and even the camouflage of decency and inclusiveness.
The very shabby and humiliating treatment meted out to one of the founders of the party in Goa Laxmikant Parsekar left the former Chief Minister with no other option. Utpal Parrikar was rightly anguished that a very tainted Babush Monserrate with gory criminal antecedents was given the Panaji ticket. Michael Lobo also chose his new path over the double standards of the BJP in selectively giving two seats in a family despite his wife Delilah being a politician in her own right as the Sarpanch of Parra for the last decade.
When the votes are counted on March 10th, the BJP will have to grapple with the reality of losing all the five seats of Tiswadi that were assured to be wrested by Babush Monserrate. The BJP will also have to come to terms on the effect in Bardez due to Michael Lobo having departed from the saffron party.