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Konkani Khatir

Fatorda: An OBC Loyalist Constituency

Going by the past history of the Assembly Constituency of Fatorda for the last 25 years has always elected candidates from among the OBC community. Not that the voters of Fatorda are casteist or communal but it is just that they trust their own. That’s all!
Many a times in the past, upper-class candidates have been forced on the voters of Fatorda but each time the people of Fatorda have shown them the door. I do not remember any exception to this pattern but if ever there was one it could have been just “a flash in the pan”.

Political analysts say this is because there is a very vast majority of voters in Fatorda belonging to the OBC and they are all loyal to their own. Alex Cardozo (alias Mama Cardozo) of the Congress Party is a fine example of the loyalty of the OBC in Fatorda.
There is absolutely nothing wrong about it. In fact, it is always better to have a representative of the dominating community in a given constituency to understand the local problems better.
In the recent past too many aspiring candidates from outside the community have tried to woo the Fatorda voters to their side, but none have succeeded till date.
The voters of Fatorda did switch their loyalties from one party to another in the past , ie. from the Congress to the B.J.P , but one thing they never did switch was the OBC candidate . The candidate elected was always from the OBC.
The present day youth of Fatorda is well educated and will not get carried by false promises from non-OBC candidates. Candidates from outside the OBC have in the past, tested  the voters of Fatorda by organizing  functions  such as tie-breakers, dhirios, fetes , competitions , beat shows, tiatrs , nattaks, sponsoring  Church and Temple activities, distributing  money  etc. but have  never  ever  succeeded.
To check on this analysis, I met a fisher-woman of Fatorda and asked her a straight question “whom will you vote for in the forthcoming assembly elections?”
To this short question she gave me a long answer:- “Please don’t mention to anyone , but we the fisher-folk of Fatorda have decided to accept whatever goodies  offered to us  by any candidate, to whichever party he may belong  but we will finally vote for one of our own”.
Then I met another labourer also from Fatorda and I asked him the same question. His reply was: “We will never desert our own. Long live the OBC Community “.
Next  I met an immigrant who has settled in Fatorda for the last 20 years. To the same question his reply was: “All my neighbors are voting for the OBC candidate, how can I be different ?”
Finally I met a tiatrist of Fatorda and I posed him the same question. The tiatrist’s reply was just like any other tiatrist: “You see election time is a time for us to make money. We perform for anyone who pays us. But we will finally vote for someone we believe in”. 
That’s how I suppose it works for Fatorda. When it comes to supporting a candidate for assembly elections, the Fatorda Constituency is always an OBC domain.
Political Parties are you listening? It definitely seems wise to field only an OBC candidate at least in Fatorda, for the forthcoming Assembly Elections of 2012.

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