Inside the intriguing quest for Goa10 min read . Updated: 10 Nov 2021, 09:52 PM IST
- A beeline of political parties, including AAP and TMC, fancy their chances in India’s smallest state
- Under the newbies, the election agenda has expanded to include contentious issues such as mining, casinos, the Mopa ‘second airport’, and the threatened Mollem tract of Western Ghats
An incredible carnival is playing out in Panjim, the tiny riverside capital of Goa. Every morning, the main thoroughfares are festooned anew with banners, placards and flags to herald the arrival of some fresh political bigwig. When the roads themselves were re-tarred overnight, it was to smooth the passage of Amit Shah, the Union home minister. But it was Arvind Kejriwal whose smile was ubiquitous on all the hoardings. Soon afterwards, I was startled to recognize Rahul Gandhi of the Indian National Congress outside my window. He was perched on the pillion of a motorcycle “pilot" who deposited him right on my doorstep.
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