Even though traditionally Carnival was celebrated with much enthusiasm and gay abandon in Salcete and more particularly in the village of Benaulim, this year there is an added gaiety to the celebrations with politicians reportedly sponsoring a lot of activities in order to let the people enjoy the three days reign of revelry.
PWD Minister Churchill Alemao is reported to have sponsored a float parade for the first time in Navelim village besides sponsoring khells in different wards of his constituency of Navelim and also the neighbouring Benaulim constituency where is daughter is preparing to contest from.
Besides, passes for the Fat Saturday dance organized by Varca Sports Club which is headed by his brother Urban Development Minister Joaquim Alemao, have been liberally distributed to key personalities in Navelim and Benaulim constituency.
His bête noire Micky Pacheco has also make arrangements to give his supporters a good time. He admits to having sponsored khell tiatrs not only in Benaulim constituency but also in the newly carved Nuvem constituency from where he is going to contest and also the Cortalim constituency.
Joaquim Alemao too has sponsored khell tiatrs in different villages of his constituency including the newly included Ambaulim village. In fact, Joaquim Alemao wanted to organize a float parade in Chandor village, but the plans did not take off as the Derek Braganza Pereira who was asked to organize it, resigned as Sarpanch of the village.
Water Resources Minister Filipe Neri Rodrigues has also sponsored khell tiatrs in his constituency.
In Curtorim, Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco is organizing a float parade which has been attracting a lot of crowd for the last few years. Besides, he too has sponsored quite a number of khell tiatrs.
Wannabe MLA Vijai Sardessai has plunged into the Carnival mood head on and is organizing a mega event titled Adeus Carnival. In fact, the Margao Carnival Committee has not organized any programmes on the last day of carnival so that there is no clash with Vijai’s programme. Besides sponsoring khell tiatrs Vijai is also reported to have sponsored a float on Fatorda.