For the last so many elections; even going back into the previous decades, Benaulim has elected (and re-elected) MLA's who have only made the constituency worse. It appears that there is one sure way of winning the Benaulim seat again & again i.e. have the most amount of cash, entice/buy the gullible electorate, have a lavish PR campaign/celebration and you are sure of winning. And after the win, there is no obligation to improve the Constituency, as most people are all too happy to sell their souls for the “goodies” that they get from the MLA's and give the respective MLA a free hand to keep on destroying this beautiful constituency. It does not matter what the source of funds are, that this MLA has at his/her disposal i.e. corruption, illegalities, destruction of Goa etc to give away the “goodies”. Today there are very serious problems in Benaulim, as a result of all the in-competent & corrupt MLA’s who have bought their way to power, over the last so many years/decades i.e. disgusting Colva beach, garbage & sewage crisis, land filling, land/water contamination, mega-project monstrosities, RP2021 in-consistencies, Threat of MOPA etc and it is only the few specific activists in Benaulim who are fighting this onslaught, for the benefit of all Benaulikars. The Majority Voters who have elected the MLA do not question the MLA on the total performance failure and keep on enjoying their selfish benefits, whilst their village continues to deteriorate. And once the MLA has seriously damaged one constituency, he moves to the other. But perhaps I am completely wrong and maybe most Benaulikars know best and actually want their Constituency to be deteriorated further, by electing the people that they prefer to be in Power!!
Arwin Mesquita, UAE.