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Vijai, Reginald feed agitating Job Seekers ‘Parrikar’ Pill

Fatorda Independent MLA Vijai Sardesai and Congress Curtorim MLA Alexio Reginald Lourenco after much debate with the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar were able to feed the 200 agitating job seekers from the mining and animal husbandry department who lost their employment allegedly on account of political victimization the famous ‘Parrikar Pill’.

For those who are not aware, ‘Parrikar Pill’ is a new coinage in the national and local political circles; it refers to strong assurances given by the CM Parrikar to any disgruntled element, so as to curtail any issue. At first the assurances appear to provide relief, but in the days ahead, the change in stand by the CM leads to disappointment among the people expecting some relief.

Sources who were an integral part of the ‘dharna’ at Azad Maidan told that mid-way through the entire agitation, the youth lost hope and confidence in the lack of Congress support, who apparently cajoled them into taking up the issue in a big way, in particular the encouragement they received from, new Congress entrant Sudip Tamankar and former Youth President Sankalp Amonkar. But when Goa Congress on the insistence of its acting President Subash Shirodkar decided to quietly withdraw support; the youth had no option but to save face and accept the ‘Parrikar Pill’.

Even efforts of Reginald and Vijai to provide impetus and encouragment to the agitating workers failed and their effort remained more of photo-op for both now media savvy MLAs.  And sadly, the ‘Parrikar Pill’ was administered with their assistance.

Now however, with the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court ruling in favor of the Goa government in the allotment of jobs in the accounts department, other job seekers who had got jobs during the Congress regime on the eve of the election code of conduct, might also face the same fate, with the government now expected to hold its ground stronger.

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