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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

MGP open to go alone in 2017, hints Dhavalikar

PANAJI: Stating that the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party desires to continue its alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party for the 2017 state assembly election, Minister for Public Works Department Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar on Wednesday said that the MGP, however, has already started its organisational strengthening exercise and has built up the party in 24 out of 40 constituencies.
It may be recalled that state BJP spokesperson Kiran Kandolkar had told the media that his party is ready to contest the state assembly election scheduled in 2017 without any alliance partner, if the situation demands.
“By the time the state assembly elections are announced, we will be able to fortify MGP in 28 electoral constituencies, in every respect,” Dhavalikar added, coming out with a veiled reaction to the recent statement of the BJP, indicating that the MGP is also ready to contest the forthcoming state assembly elections without the BJP support.
“The MGP, however, feels that it has functioned well as a part of the BJP-led state government, and initiated many developmental works around the state including the ambitious new Zuari Bridge,” the Minister for PWD said, stating that a period of at least another three years would be needed to complete these works, for which BJP and MGP need to join hands and form the government, after the next state assembly election.
Opposing the plans of Congress MLA from Dabolim Mauvin Godinho to contest the next state assembly election from the same constituency on BJP candidature, Dhavalikar said that a MGP candidate had contested from the Dabolim constituency during the 2012 state assembly election, and therefore MGP can rightfully make a claim on the particular electoral constituency. “The BJP needs to discuss this issue with the MGP,” he said.
Speaking further, Dhavalikar said that the statement of MGP president and Minister Factories and Boilers Pandurang ‘Deepak’ Dhavalikar as regards contesting the forthcoming state assembly election from Shiroda constituency, in case his present constituency – Priol – is reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (ST) has nothing wrong in it. “The statement indicated his desire to contest from the neighbouring constituency of Shiroda, in case Priol is reserved for ST candidate,” he maintained reiterating that there is nothing wrong in the statement.
Incidentally, the Shiroda constituency is presently represented by BJP MLA and Minister for Industries Mahadev Naik.

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