The Family Man: Goan politicians bet on themselves | Goa News

PANAJI: It was Manohar Parrikar who coined the acronym MMMAAR in 2012, to designate the “Congress family raj’ of Monserrate-Madkaikar-Alemao (Churchill)-Alemao (Joaquim)-Rane-Ravi. He went to town, literally, and triumphed, as the BJP won a majority for the first time.
Ten years later, the boot is on the other foot.
While Congress handed out tickets to a couple, Michael Lobo and his wife Delilah, the BJP ignored its own stated policy of nominating only one member from each family and confirmed tickets for the Monserrate and Rane couples.

“We gave tickets to only one couple (Vishwajit and Deviya Rane). It was an exception because it was in their family,” Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said. both BJP incumbents from Panaji and Taleigao.
The Congress and the BJP are not the only parties trapped in the family raj.
MGP has the Dhavalikar brothers, Ramkrishna and Pandurang, competing again, while TMC has lined up a couple – Kiran and Kavita Kandolkar – and the father-daughter duo of Churchill and Valanka Alemao.
Deputy Chief Minister Chandrakant Kavlekar (BJP, Quepem) and his wife Savitri (Independent, Sanguem) are also in the fray.
“I don’t know why everyone questions politicians, when it is acceptable for a doctor to encourage his children to follow in his footsteps,” said Alemao, a former chief minister and five-time MP for Benaulim. “I did not bring Valanka into politics. She entered politics on her own. And Sonia Gandhi and Rahul? What about Uddhav Thackeray and his son (Aditya)? »
Former state election commissioner Prabhakar Timble agrees that the raj family is not confined to Goa alone, not to mention that in Monday’s election, seven families who cross party lines will be vying for 35 per cent seats. Besides the husband-wife, father-daughter and brother duo, former Transport Minister Pandurang Madkaikar passed the baton to his wife Janita, while Utpal Parrikar claimed his father’s legacy in Panaji, a seat that the BJP and his father held tightly together. since 25 years.
“Before, politics was like the priesthood. Those interested in social service or helping the less privileged entered politics. Today, politics has become a scientifically organized social enterprise, so politicians view it in terms of investment and return. Automatically, like any other business, family members are involved,” Timble said.
The family raj in Goa began politics in 1967, when Dayanand Bandodkar, the first Chief Minister of Goa in 1963, contested and won against Marcaim while his daughter Shashikala triumphed in neighboring Ponda. Five years later, the father-daughter tasted success again, and when Bandodkar died in office in 1973, his daughter was the natural successor.
In this election, politicians tried to extend their reach beyond their marked constituencies.
Former Ports Minister Michael Lobo quit the BJP and joined the Congress after, among other issues, his wife was denied a BJP ticket to participate in Siolim. Congress accepted the rebels with open arms and confirmed their tickets in record time.
For a party that got burned handing out 12 tickets to six families in 2012, it was like revisiting a bad chapter.
“It’s not a family raj,” said Lobo, the dual Calangute MP who has considerable influence in all seven Bardez taluka constituencies. “My wife has been a sarpanch for 10 years and a member of the panch for five more (in Parra). She is alone in politics. With the exception of two neighborhoods (in Siolim), I didn’t even campaign there. I think a lot more women in Goa, not just shadows like you see in Poriem and Taleigao, should get into social work and politics. You cannot rely solely on the goodwill of your husband.
Congress has never won in the Siolim constituency, but Lobo remains convinced that his wife can create history on her own. “She approaches people, understands the difficulties and solves their problems. My support is only five percent. Women should not be dependent on their husbands in politics,” he told TOI last week.
Until the turn of the century, Goa was known for the family involvement of Bandodkars and Sequeiras.
In 2002, the Alemaos, Churchill and his brother Joaquim, took the plunge. Five years later, the number has increased with Ranes, Dhavalikars and Monserrates wanting a slice of the political pie.
Now, for the ambitious political families of Goa, there is no turning back.

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