Panaji: Goan expats across the continents of Europe, Australia and America are calling for a "total change of blood" in Goa's political system ahead of assembly elections on Saturday. Members of the Goan diaspora are beseeching their counterparts back home to vote for Goa's ecology and identity, especially when their forefinger hovers over the electronic voting machine (EVM), milliseconds before the punch down.
Carmen Miranda, former director of global social development agency Panos and a resident of Britain, describes the incumbent government in Goa in four words: "Despicable, irresponsible, incompetent and criminal". And she doesn't have much faith in the political rulers of the past either. "If any candidate has in the past been a legislator or minister in any Goa government in the past 50 years, don't vote for them People in Goa are disillusioned and have given up," Miranda told IANS on e-mail.
A news producer with Radio Adelaide in Australia, Frankey Fernandes claims there's simply no "messiah" on Goa's political horizon. "However, it would be a welcome sign if well educated and people with clean backgrounds came and participated. It would be personally tough for them in this era of 'Goondaraj', however, one can always hope for the best," he said.
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