Goa Forward Party will not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, to focus on Goa instead

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The Goa Forward Party (GFP) has decided to not throw it’s hat in the ring for the 2019 Lok Sabha election and instead it has chosen to support a candidate put up by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The party President, Vijai Sardesai, informed reporters of this decision on Saturday citing the fact that the GFP is part of NDA.

Goa has two Lok Sabha constituencies, North and South Goa. Both are currently held by the BJP.

“We are focusing on Goa. We are currently members of the NDA. So in the year 2019, when the Lok Sabha polls would be held, we would be supporting the candidates of the NDA,” said Sardesai.

In his reaction to the statement made by the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak party (MGP) to contest the 2019 polls, Sardesai said that any party which is part of the NDA should first step out of the coalition and then contest elections.

The GFP is part of the ruling coalition led by the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state. Sardesai is a cabinet minister along with other two MLAs of the GFP. During the assembly election, GFP had contested against the BJP and the regional party had defeated two sitting MLAs of the national party.

The GFP will be undertaking a membership drive across all the state assembly constituencies from November 1.