MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar said that the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) is ready to have alliance talk after election only if the BJP comes to them.
“Our alliance will get 24 seats, a clear majority in the 40-member house. No question will arise of having alliance with the BJP. But, if BJP wants to have alliance then let them come to us with their proposal but we will not go to BJP seeking alliance after election,” he said, when asked if the MGP, which is contesting twenty five seats as part of an alliance with Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) and the Shiv Sena, would join BJP post-poll. “We have not broken the alliance rather we maintained the alliance as per their coalition dharma. It was BJP who broke ties with us and we realised that after the Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar dropped us both from the cabinet that only paved the way for breaking the alliance,” MGP chief ministerial candidate Sudin Dhavalikar told reporters here, in the presence of Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray, Subhash Velingkar representing GSM and Sanjay Raut, the Shiv Sena MP. Uddhav Thackeray said that “we are not in favour of alliance with BJP post-election”; while Velingkar, however, maintained silence on that aspect.
Expressing confidence that the grand alliance will form the next government in Goa, the Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said that “the people are fed up with the BJP and the Congress. There is widespread resentment in the state and the BJP government is not even remotely concerned about the common man’s problems. Therefore, the alliance party is the only alternative left.”
Sharpening his attack on Manohar Parrikar, RSS rebel and Goa Suraksha Manch founder Subhash Velingkar alleged that “Parrikar is acting as a part-time defence minister. All political and administrative reins of Goa are in his hands. He has been failing in Delhi in his job as the Defence Minister. Now, he wants to return to Goa as CM.” Velingkar was sacked as the Goa RSS chief last year after his consistent criticism of the state BJP for backing English over regional languages as a medium of instruction in schools. In response to a claim made by defence minister about Goa RSS fully backing the BJP, Velingkar said that “Goa RSS is with me and not with the BJP. We belong to the Sangh principles, which have formed our character.”