Goa: Alliance with BJP after announcement of polls says MGP

  • PTI, Panaji
  • Updated: Apr 28, 2016 14:39 IST
File photo of Laxmikant Parsekar (Rakesh Mundye/HT Photo)

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), in alliance with BJP in Goa, said on Thursday that the decision to continue the coalition would be taken after legislative assembly poll dates are announced.

MGP, however, wants to retain the existing constituencies represented by them in the assembly, if they were to continue the alliance.

“The central committee of the party has firmly resolved that the decision on alliance with BJP in Goa would be taken only after the Assembly election dates are announced,” MGP President Dipak Dhavalikar told PTI on Thursday.

However, Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar had said that BJP wants to continue its alliance.

“The talks on alliance will begin at least 2-3 months before the election. We have to come to consensus on seat sharing and other terms before actual announcement of the alliance,” Dhavalikar, a minister in Parsekar-led government, said.

Goa polls are due before March 2017.

MGP which fought 2012 election along with BJP had won three seats Madkai, Priol and Ponda.

“The party has began its work in total 25 constituencies. The workers have already hit the ground. Our support base is increasing,” Dhavalikar said.

Dhavalikar ruled out forging pre-poll tie with Congress or newly formed regional outfit like Goa Forward for the upcoming polls.

“Congress is not in a position to form government and parties like Goa Forward mushroom in the state during elections. No one takes them seriously,” the MGP chief said.

He further said the party will retain the seats which were won during 2012 polls with them in case there’s an alliance.

“Sudin Dhavalikar (Goa Transport Minister) will re-contest from Madkai, Lavu Mamlatdar (MLA) from Ponda and I will be in Priol constituency,” he said.

“If Priol constituency is reserved for SC/ST then I will shift to Shiroda,” Dhavalikar added.

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