MGP unhappy with the functioning of BJP-led Goa government

The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) President, Deepak Dhavlikar, has informed that some members of his party are upset with the functioning of the BJP-led Goa government. The MGP has three members in the assembly and two of them are holding important portfolios in the Manohar Parrikar cabinet.

Dhavlikar has said that MGP will adopt a wait-and-watch policy and decide the future course of action in the next six to eight months. He also informed that the party is also likely to contest the next Lok Sabha election on it’s own in 2019. He was speaking to reporters after chairing the party’s central committee meeting.

“Few of our members were unhappy with the functioning of state government. They feel the administration has collapsed. The party has decided that it will wait and watch for six to eight months and…then further action would be taken,” he was quoted by PTI.

MGP President further informed that his party was keeping a close eye on the state government’s performance and alleged that it had failed to resolve major issues such as offshore casinos, drugs, unemployment and others. He refused to say whether his party will withdraw support to the coalition government.

MGP’s central committee has decided to prepare to fight the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on it’s own. “But the final call would be taken at a later stage… maybe six months prior to the polls,” Dhavalikar said. He further mentioned that work in all the assembly constituencies it had contested during the 2017 assembly election will be restarted.

Dhavlikar informed that MGP is not part of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and it has not received a proposal to join it. “We are yet to receive any such proposal. Once we get it, we will decide,” he said.

MGP President further stated that, “We don’t have coalition with the BJP. The BJP sent us a proposal to support them to form the government which was accepted with the condition that Manohar Parrikar (who was the defense minister before the state polls) return to the state.”

Information credit: PTI

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