Election season is like party time at the casino, all Bellagio like fireworks and Swarovski studded promises and the sounds of poker chips stacking up and down.
Maybe this kinship is the reason why, although every political party pledges to shut down the casinos in Goa, their wheel of fortune keeps turning.
New kid on the block AAP is scolding BJP and Congress for failing to deliver casino-free Goa.
In calling them U-turn politicians it’s gambling that Goa never finds out that once upon a time Delhi was given to believe that Arvind Kejriwal would never contest elections, never take the support of Congress, never live in a Lutyens’ bungalow … Victorious parties do keep some of their pledges post election, feeding the punter’s delusion that she will eventually make up her losses when the “big one” comes through.
The gamble is big but as Navjot Singh Sidhu who came close to being Awaaz-e-AAP said, one who doesn’t throw the dice can never expect to score a six. You slide this little slip into the slot, then hope for the jackpot. But after all is done and dusted, the voter will not rake in anything like BJP or Congress or AAP. As Nitin Gadkari is said to have disclosed, “Char kaam hum unke karte hain, char kaam woh hamare karte hain (they do some jobs for us, we do some jobs for them)”.
If this seems like laying bare the omertà, the former BJP president does seem to have a taste for it.
Like on being quizzed on whether chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar or former chief minister Manohar Parrikar would helm the state if BJP won again Gadkari ingenuously revealed, “Hum log yeh bhi kar sakte hain, woh bhi kar sakte hain (we could do this, we could do that)”.