Firebrand and outspoken Calangute MLA Michael Lobo who does not mince his words and does not fear to call a spade a spade, blasted his own party for poaching Congress leaders and giving them prime posts over night.
Without taking names, he said the State BJP leaders are taking the people of Goa for granted and now things have reached a boiling point. Our party has become power hungry, but they do not want to work for the people. Our MLAs are after posts, but are not bothered about the frustration of the common man or the poor Goemkar.
The people are tired and frustrated with the BJP government and its apathy towards the people. We have tested their patience and their patience has run out. There could be an explosion any time, Lobo said.
According to a Times of India report, after a silence of more than two weeks on the political situation in Goa, deputy speaker of Goa assembly and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo on Friday said the political situation is fluid in the state and that the state was heading for dissolution of the assembly with major changes and upheavals expected soon.
“There is complete unrest in Goan society, especially among politicians, about the state of affairs in the Goa government. Nobody knows what is going to happen, which MLA will leave and join another party. Under such circumstances, I feel the assembly will be dissolved soon,” he he said when queried by TOI on the sidelines of a function in Candolim on Friday.
Lobo slammed his own government stating that the government does not see the writing on the wall and hinted that either a few BJP MLAs could switch sides or the assembly could get dissolved. The MLAs and the people are frustrated. Change is coming, he said without elaborating on what change it could be.
“We politicians are taking the people for granted. There will be a major change soon,” he said adding that fresh round of election to the state assembly is imminent.
He also slammed Congress legislators Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte for “jumping into the BJP” for the lucre of prime postings.
Last month, two Congress MLAs — Subhash Shirodkar from Shiroda constituency and Dayanand Sopte (Mandrem) — joined the saffron party reducing the strength of the opposition Congress to 14. It no longer is the single largest party in the assembly.
“In a democracy, there is a ruling side and an opposition. It is the duty of the opposition to highlight the issues of people. When people vote for a person of a certain party, they expect the MLA to stay in that party and not join another party, because that does not benefit the people. It only benefits the MLA,” Lobo told the Times of India.
The two MLAs have switched sides only for personal gain. What development work are they talking about? They could have got it done even while being in the opposition, if they had the guts. They were elected by the people of their respective constituencies. Now, they have claimed that they switched to BJP for the development of their constituencies, but the fact is only the individual MLA will benefit and the people of Shiroda and Mandrem will continue to suffer.
Three weeks ago, Lobo, while speaking at a meeting of mining dependents at Azad Maidan, Panaji, had lambasted his own party for not doing enough to restart mining.
He had also said the administration was not working and that recruitment in the government had not taken place due to the ill health of the chief minister Manohar Parrikar who was then being treated at AIIMS, Delhi.
Three days later, Parrikar called Lobo to AIIMS for a meeting, following which Lobo said he was promised by the chief minister that the process to start filling of vacancies in government departments will be initiated within two weeks.
There is complete unrest, especially among politicians, about the state of affairs of the Goa government. Nobody knows what is going to happen, which MLA will leave and join another party, Lobo said.