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Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party breaks ranks with BJP in Goa

Withdraws support to BJP-led government; to ally with outfit led by an RSS rebel.

As announced by the party leaders earlier, a day after the announcement of Goa Assembly elections, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party snapped its alliance with the ruling BJP in the State.

After a meeting of the central committee of the party, MGP State president Deepak Dhavalikar announced on Thursday that the party passed a special resolution withdrawing support to the BJP-led government and claimed that his party would contest 22 Assembly seats. He further said that it would soon formalise an alliance with rebel RSS leader Subhash Velingkar’s political outfit of Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM).

Releasing copies of a letter written to the Goa Governor Mridula Sinha , Mr. Dhavlikar said the MGP had a pre-poll alliance with the BJP in 2012. The BJP won 21 seats while the MGP won three seats in the 40-member State Assembly.

“After the election results, BJP-MGP government took over the charge of administration and we continued our co-operation in spite of differences on various issues, which had recently led to the ouster of MGP MLAs from the Cabinet,” Mr. Deepak Dhavalikar said in his letter, a copy of which was also submitted to Goa Assembly Speaker Anant Shet.

“Now that upon declaration of 2017 Assembly elections by the Election Commission, the central committee of the MGP which had decided not to continue the relations with BJP and not to have any more alliance for 2017 election, now upon confirmation of the said decision today (Thursday), has resolved to break up the alliance and relation with BJP with immediate effect,” the letter also said.

Two MGP Ministers Mr. Deepak Dhavalikar and his brother Sudin Dhavalikar were sacked by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar from the State Cabinet in December 2016, following their public criticism of his leadership. The step by the BJP Chief Minister had virtually signalled the beginning of the end of the alliance.

“We will contest 22 seats. We already have an in-principle understanding with Goa Suraksha Manch. It will be formalised soon after they get their election symbol,” Mr. Deepak Dhavalikar said. The Shiv Sena will be the third party to join the alliance.

Mr. Deepak Dhavalikar also declared that his brother and former Public Works Department Minister Mr. Sudin Dhavalikar would be the MGP’s CM candidate in the polls.

Holding BJP responsible for the end of the alliance, Mr. Deepak Dhavalikar said that for over a year-and-a-half the MGP had repeatedly communicated their dissatisfaction about Mr. Parsekar and several of the decisions of the government, which affected the MGP.

“However, they just ignored our grievances and when as a last resort we went public about our dissatisfaction, the BJP responded by sacking us from the Cabinet,” said Mr. Deepak Dhavalikar.

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