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Local players may queer Cong, BJP pitch

The regional parties in Goa are aiming to form a formidable opposition in the state for the elections even as national parties are busy working out their pre-poll tie-ups.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2012 00:56 IST

A bunch of regional parties in Goa are likely to spoil the party for the national players, including ruling Congress and opposition BJP, as the turncoat leaders are returning to their folds even as hectic parleys are underway to seal the alliances ahead of the March 3 Assembly polls, political observers have said.

The regional parties in Goa are aiming to form a formidable opposition in the state for the elections even as national parties are busy working out their pre-poll tie-ups, they said.

Parties such as the United Goans Democratic Party, Save Goa Front and Goa Vikas Party are warming up to each other for forging an alliance that might dent prospects of the Congress-NCP alliance.

“All regional parties will eat into Congress’s vote bank, but if BJP and MGP come together minorities will rally behind Congress making regional players almost defunct,” said Raju Nayak, editor of Marathi daily Lokmat.

The principal opposition party is finalising its alliance with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party. The regional political parties are consolidating their position in the aftermath of several of their patrons having crossed over to join the national parties.