Panaji: More than one-third of the 40 seats in the Goa Assembly up for grabs have been cornered by half a dozen families. The Assembly Elections of 2012 could well see the creation of a feudal political elite in the state as the Congress battles charges of growing nepotism.
It has been called dinner table politics as the elite families club together. The question that Goa will answer in elections 2012 is not so much how the parties fared, but which family cornered which territory in the tiny state.
With the Ranes, the Alemaos, the Monserrates, the Naiks and their cronies, the Goa Assembly is set to resemble an oligarchy of half a dozen families.
The Alemaos are led by the Salcete heavyweight and PWD minister Churchill. His brother and mining baron Joaquim, Joaquim's son Yuri and daughter Valanka are also in the fray....more
09:41 AM, Feb 29, 2012