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Monday, September 19, 2016

22 former and current MLAs keen on joining MGP: Sudin

PANAJI: Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party chief Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar on Monday claimed that around 20 to 22 current and former Goa legislators have approached them for joining the party.
Speaking on the sidelines of a function held by the transport department on Monday, he said the MGP has kept its door open for anyone who wants to work for the state. Those people who had worked against the party in the past would also be accepted but they would have to work for the next six years.

Dhavalikar hinted at continuing the alliance with the BJP for 2017 assembly elections.
The MGP, which had fought 2012 assembly elections in eight seats in alliance with the BJP, won three seats – Madkai, Priol and Ponda.
“The party’s support base is expanding and coming from all sections of the society including minorities,” he claimed observing that the people are insisting that the party should once again opt for an alliance and fight the elections.
Dhavalikar, who is Transport Minister, said that decision to continue with the alliance with the BJP would be taken after schedule for the assembly elections are announced.
We have to reach a consensus on seat-sharing and other aspects before actual announcement of the alliance, he said adding that detailed deliberations on this matter would be held on October 4.
The party also refused to join hands with the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch saying the Manch should think twice before venturing into politics.
“The BBSM is yet to form their political party. We hail the work of BBSM.
We should protect our mother tongue. We are with them in their fight but when it comes to politics, the BBSM should think twice,” he said.
Responding to a question, he said that Cumbharjua MLA Pandurang Madkaikar had been in the MGP in the past and did not work against the party. He left the MGP to join the Congress. We are ready to take him back.
He observed that the Congress would not be in a position to form government and that allying with the newly-formed regional outfit like Goa Forward for the polls is out of question.

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