The recent moves in the Congress Party in Goa including those of Chief Minister Digambar Kamat has fuelled speculation that Goa may be heading for early polls. The term of the present Assembly is due to expire in May 2012, however, it is now believed that the elections will be held during the current calendar year.
The first move to fuel these speculation was the appointment of the chairman of the campaign committee. The All India Congress Committee has formally appointed Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho as the chairman of this important committee.
Although this post has existed, the timing of its announcement has raised eyebrows as never in the history of the Congress Party has this post been filled up so much ahead of the general polls, with the normal tendency being to name the chairman when the polls are just round the corner.
Speaking to Goa Chronicle Mauvin Godinho who had initially refused to accept the responsibility, said he had changed his mind considering the fact that only a senior party leader is nominated to this post.
Incidentally, Subhash Shirodkar has been retained as the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President.
Close on heels of this appointment is the fact that the Government has notified 1,221 vacancies which are to be filled up immediately. Interestingly all the vacancies are in only three departments – Tourism, Mines & Geology and Industries.
The Tourism Department is seeking to recruit 250 wardens and 250 assistant wardens to beef up the newly constituted Tourist Security Force which is currently having strength of only 100 persons.
The government is seeking to recruit 491 persons in the Industries Department. The posts vacant are 2 Security Officers for Goa Industrial Security Force, 248 Industrial Security Guards, 230 Assistant Industrial Security Guards, 3 dhobis, 3 cooks and 5 mess servants.
In keeping with the assurance given on the floor of the House that additional staff would be deployed at the mining sites to ensure that there is no loss of royalty, the Mines Department is seeking to recruit 230 field surveyors who will work in shifts at the 100 odd mining sites in Goa.
However, that all these posts have been advertised now has been fodder to speculation that soon after the recruitment process is completed, the government will go for polls secure that the families of those appointed in government service along with their friends and well wishers will vote for the Congress.
In fact, Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s current visit to the temples outside Goa is also seen as a mission to seek divine help in his plan to retain his chair by going for early polls.