Perhaps the gravity of the mission demanded a gaiety only an exotic locale could provide. Why else would Punjab's SAD-BJP ruling alliance opt for Goa instead of a gurdwara for the venue of its four-day chintan shivir or brainstorming session beginning April 7?
The man behind this paradigm shift is SAD president and Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Ensconced in the plush hotels Vivanta by Taj Fort Aguada and Vivanta by Taj Holiday Village, both located on the cliff of the Aguada beach in north Goa, around 120 leaders, old and young, will sweat out hardcore political strategies. And the entire exercise will culminate on April 10 with a cruise in the Arabian Sea.
"The meeting will also focus on carving out a detailed action plan for the coming general elections so as to rout the Congress out of the state and pave the way for the formation of the NDA government at the Centre," said CM Parkash Singh Badal.
"During the shivir the leaders of the alliance will deliberate on the steps required to put the state on the high growth trajectory to fulfill the dream of 'new Punjab'," said Badal on Saturday.
Newly appointed Punjab Congress chief Pratap Singh Bajwa criticised the SAD-BJP government for this move. He said the government had the money to spend on a chintan shivir in Goa, but could not be bothered to solve the "burning problems" of Punjab.