Vowing to queer the pitch of BJP’s Subhash Shirodkar, Maharastrawadi Gomantak Party president Pandurang ‘Deepak’ Dhavalikar on Thursday began campaigning in the Shiroda constituency, which will see by-poll in the near future.
The MGP leaders kicked off the campaign by seeking blessing of deities in the temples falling under the constituency.
Dhavalikar, Sanvordem MLA Deepak Pauskar, Abhay Prabhu, Dr Ketan Bhatikar and some 50 party workers visited the Sai Baba temple at Borim and Shree Navdurga temple in the constituency.
Following the visits to the temples, Pandurang Dhavalikar reaffirmed to media persons that he will contest the Shiroda by-poll, adding that door-to-door campaigning of the party will begin on January 16.
However, senior MGP leader Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar told ‘The Navhind Times’ that there is still no decision as regards Pandurang ‘Deepak’ Dhavalikar contesting the by-election from the Shiroda constituency as a MGP candidate.
When asked whether the MGP contesting the by-poll will affect its ties with the BJP, Pandurang Dhavalikar asserted that the by-poll will not affect the relationship of alliance partners of the state government.
“We had filed a petition in the High Court of Bombay at Goa to restrain former Congress MLAs Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte from contesting the forthcoming by-elections in Mandrem and Shiroda constituencies respectively. But the High Court did not give us justice… Hence now the MGP has decided to move the people’s court to seek justice,” Pandurang Dhavalikar reckoned.
“Giving the people of Shiroda a good leader will be the aim of the party… and with that aim the party has started its campaigning in the constituency,” the MGP chief said. The Shiroda constituency will see the by-poll as Shirodkar resigned as a Congress legislator and joined the BJP some time back.
Gaude derides MGP for ‘blackmailing tactics’
Taking potshots at the MGP launching its campaign for the Shiroda by-election, Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude on Thursday dubbed the campaigning as “blackmailing tactics”, which have been aimed at increasing the party “worth”.
Responding to queries from media persons on the sideline of a function held at Mapusa, Gaude said, “It is their personal matter… This government is a coalition government. So, a decision should have been taken by all… but this has not happened. The government is headed by the BJP. Hence that party should take a call.”
Denouncing the MGP for kicking off the electioneering in Shiroda, Gaude without naming the MGP said that “this is an attempt to increase its worth for selfish interest. When people look upon politics as bread and butter then they will come forward”.
Some leaders have not done anything for the people except rendering them helpless, he said adding that it is for the people of Shiroda to decide now. NT
BJP waits for EC announcement on by-polls
The Bharatiya Janata Party stated that it will discuss the forthcoming Shiroda and Mandrem by-elections with its alliance partners once these by-polls are announced by the Election Commission of India.
Senior leader of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar, on the other hand, stated that his party is just strengthening its organisational structure in the Shiroda constituency and no decision has been taken yet about MGP’s candidates for contesting these by-polls.
A senior BJP leader told this daily on Thursday that his party will consult the MGP as well as the Goa Forward Party before taking any decision about the Shiroda and Mandrem by-polls.
“It is however a fact that both Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte, who previously represented these constituencies, are now in the BJP, “ he stated, while hinting at BJP’s claim over the two constituencies.
Dhavalikar told ‘The Navhind Times’ that there is still no decision as regards Pandurang ‘Deepak’ Dhavalikar contesting the by-election from the Shiroda constituency as a MGP candidate.
“The central committee of the MGP is yet to take any candidate-related decision linked to the by-polls,” Dhavalikar informed, pointing out that
the MGP has however started its organisation strengthening exercise in Shiroda.
“After all, the MGP candidate had polled over 5,800 votes in the Shiroda constituency during the 2017 assembly elections,” he maintained while indicating that MGP is interested in contesting the forthcoming by-poll from the particular constituency.