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MGP shows interest in aligning with AAP

Panaji : Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLA Sudin Dhawalikar has said that the party was interesting in having an alliance with Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for the upcoming assembly elections in the state.

Speaking to reporters in the city, he said, “If we do opt for an alliance it will be with a good party. There is no way we will align with either the BJP or the Congress. AAP has discussed with me. We have not decided anything yet. They (AAP) have invited us to go to Delhi, see the work that they have done and then we can again have a discussion.”

Dhavalikar had showed a sign of possible tie up with the AAP when he met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal when he was on a two day visit to the state.

Over the last two decades MGP, one of the oldest regional parties, has tied up with both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party and has shared power. In the last assembly elections held in 2017, it tied up with Shiv Sena and Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM). However, it extended support to BJP post assembly elections and helped it form government.

The party received a rude shock in 2019 after the emergence of Dr Pramod Sawant as Chief Minister of the state. Sudin Dhavalikar, who was Deputy Chief Minister in the state cabinet led by Manohar Parrikar, was sacked from the post.

Subsequently, two MLAs of MGP left the party and joined BJP. Both were given a place in the state cabinet, one of them post of Deputy Chief Minister.

Assembly elections in Goa are due to be held early next year.

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