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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Party has prepared 2 to 3 plans for contesting 2017 polls: MGP

PANAJI: Following a thinly veiled warning from the Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar last week that if need be the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can contest the forthcoming state assembly election in all 40 constituencies, the current partner of the BJP in the state government, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) on Thursday said that it has already kept ready two to three plans for contesting this election.

Addressing a press conference, member of MGP’s central committee Narayan Sawant said that the MGP workers are presently confused due to various statements and counter-statements being made as regards the MGP-BJP alliance for the 2017 state assembly election. “And therefore, to pacify them, we have already conveyed to them our two to three plans pertaining to the particular election,” he added, observing that the work for clipping wings of the MGP has already started, with the election in sight.
Sawant did not reveal the details about these plans, but said that although the MGP is keen to continue its alliance with the BJP, for the 2017 state assembly election, it can also think about facing the polls, independently. “But then it would also be not adequate to spend our energy in all 40 constituencies, if we can tie-up with the BJP,” he noted, stating that the ‘winnability’ of each candidate also needs to be considered.
Speaking further Sawant said that the alliance talks between the leaders of both the parties would commence after the end of the inauspicious ‘Mhal’ period, in the beginning of October. “Although the MGP has demanded 14 seats under seat-sharing arrangement with the BJP, this number could increase to 16 or come down to 12,” he maintained.
Sawant stated that the MGP would demand the Dabolim seat from the BJP under seat-sharing arrangement.
Replying to a question, Sawant said that the invitation given by the MGP to the Bicholim MLA Naresh Sawal to join it is an effort on the part of the MGP to expand itself, and there is nothing wrong in it. He also said that the matter as regards allowing the Congress MLA Pandurang Madkaikar in the MGP is yet to come before the central committee of the MGP.
Vice president of MGP Ratnakant Mhardolkar was also present at the briefing.

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