The much-anticipated schedule of the 2017 State Assembly Polls for Goa has been released by the Election Commission of India (EC) and will take place on February 4, 2017. In the preparation of the nearing Voting Day, several developments have taken place in the state’s political scenario from joining and breaking alliances, release of manifestos and the possibility of Goa having a Christian CM post elections.
MGP Withdraws From BJP Alliance
While welcoming the EC’s decision to hold the polls on February 4, 2017, president of the Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP), Deepak Dhavalikar announced that they would withdraw support to the BJP-led government going into the elections.
“We had said in the past that we would withdraw support only after Code of Conduct is announced. We are sticking to our stand. Now we are free to contest on our own or with pre-poll understanding with like-minded parties,” Dhavalikar, who along with his brother Sudin Dhavalikar was recently sacked from the Laxmikant Parsekar-led Cabinet, said. – PTI
Goa AAP Launch Youth Manifesto
Targeting the young voters in the upcoming assembly elections in Goa, Elvis Gomes, the state convener for the Aam Aadmi Party released the ‘youth manifesto’ a few days ago. The manifesto lists number of attractive agendas that are meant to attract young voters such as the promise of generation of 50,000 jobs, improve the mechanisms of registration and setting up of new businesses along with setting up 2 New Start-Up Incubation Centres in Goa with an annual funding of 2 crores.
Deputy CM: Goa May Have A Christian CM After Elections
In a press conference that took place on Wednesday, Francis D’souza stated that there is a strong possibility that the next CM of Goa may be a Christian.
“I was asked if there can be a Christian chief minister for Goa in the future. I said it is possible. I did not say it will happen, but it may happen. It is the wish of the people,” D’Souza told a press conference in Panaji.
The press conference also revealed the stand on casinos and what actions will be taken and the reason for it.
“On the issue of casinos, we have already spoken about our difficulties. Attempts are being made to relocate. But we are also in need of revenue. Hence, we have let casinos continue and when possible, we will shut those down,” he said. – HT
Supreme Court Verdict On Corrupt Campaigning Practices
The verdict given by the apex court on what it terms as corrupt practices has raised several questions on many political parties campaigning.
Section 3 of the Peoples Representation Act, on which the apex court based its judgement terms, “the appeal by a candidate or his agent or by any other person with the consent of a candidate or his election agent to vote or refrain from voting for any person on the ground of his religion, race, caste, community or language or the use of, or appeal to religious symbols or the use of, or appeal to, national symbols, such as the national flag or the national emblem, for the furtherance of the prospects of the election of that candidate or for prejudicially affecting the election of any candidate” as a corrupt practice. – First Post
As per two former chief election commissioners – N Gopalaswami and SY Quraishi – this may force certain parties whose names are based on religious lines to change them, following the SC verdict.
Several more developments are expected as the poll dates near. Remember to vote on February 4, 2017. – Team Chronicler