The long prevailing political flux within Goa’s Congress Legislative wing has been dragging on for too long. One way or the other, the air needs to be cleared.

At the Assembly elections held earlier this year, the Congress managed to get 11 MLAs who over the last five months have possibly never met as a group nor spoken in one voice. This does not augur well for Goa as the Congress is officially the main Opposition Party in the Legislative Assembly. Many of them may be officially in the Congress but their loyalty is all over.

The eleven Congress MLAs can be likened to the Stray cattle that we see all across Goa. They move on to the streets in one group just after sunrise and then disperse in pairs all over, only to assemble again in the evenings and back home late, only seen squatting at various political avenues. This is the sad state of the Congress party in Goa.

Those who want to leave the Congress must be allowed to just go, as the voters at the by-election which will follow will put such unworthy MLAs to eternal political pasture. Divided parties do not win elections or the loyalty and respect of those that support them. Democracy thrives when the opposition is strong. In a democracy, the opposition is not only tolerated but must be maintained because it is indispensable. The fact that the main opposition is coming mainly from the other parties with one or two MLAs should be an urgent wakeup call and a timely reminder to the Congress party of the pitfalls that lie ahead!  

Instead of constantly shooting themselves in the foot, the Congress party would do well to heed the wise words of the late Henry Ford, an industrialist who said ‘Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success!  

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