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Biased Editorial approach

11 Jul 2017 06:33am IST
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11 Jul 2017 06:33am IST

Vikas Kamat

As a regular reader of the Herald, I have been observing that your editorials are biased in favour of former Chief Minister Luizinho Faleiro. While Luizinho has a great role to play as regards the current lethargic Pradesh Congress (also responsible is Pratapsingh Rane who led the CLP for 5 years and failed to make any mark), your editorials (particularly that of July 8) seem to clear Faleiro of any blemishes. 

The only active GPCC President in recent years was John Fernandes who not only managed to raised funds for the party and made a failed attempt to discipline the Pradesh Congress. As regards Luizinho, he was perhaps best suited in the North East where he indeed strived a lot for the INC.

 Your editorial of 8 July questions whether Shantaram Naik is accepted by the 40 Block-level units. However, the INC has never had a tradition of considering the view of the blocks and the high command tends to always 'impose' the GPCC Chief. Shantaram Naik's greatest challenge would be to ensure that the INC MLAs put up a fierce show in the upcoming Assembly Session. Further, he would have to ensure better coordination between the GPCC and the CLP. 

Naik has served in the Rajya Sabha for decades and was the Whip of the Congress in Rajya Sabha too. I hope his experience will lead to a revival of the opposition in Goa.

Editor replies: 

Your comment on the editorial, actually strengthens the points in the editorial. Ultimately, in electoral and organizational politics results matter and the results are for all, to see. You yourself  agree that Pratapsingh Rane has failed to make a mark. And we would be really keen for a further elaboration of your interesting observation of John Fernandes managing to raise funds and enforcing discipline in the party. If that is so, we are yet to be enlightened, about  John Fernandes, a privilege which has been bestowed upon you.

Your remark the INC has never had a tradition of considering the view of the blocks and the high command tends to always 'impose' the GPCC Chief, has the truth engrained. For the first time the blocks were made a part of the process and were revived by Luizinho Faleiro.  The revival looks likely to be reversed now  with the 'Imposition' culture back 

We then refer to Your comment: Shantaram Naik's greatest challenge would be to ensure that the INC MLAs put up a fierce show in the upcoming Assembly Session

Our comment: It is indeed a challenge. And he is less likely to do it than Luizinho Faleiro, who is present in the house.
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