In political parlance it is often said, that politics makes strange bedfellows. Shiv Sena – a virtually non-existent force in Goa headed by a former Congress spokesperson Sudip Tamankar has started to dream of a ‘Grand Alliance’ in Goa.
Post the removal of the two Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) ministers from the Goa Cabinet by the ruling BJP Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP and Goa Desk-in-Charge Sanjay Raut has told certain sections of the media that they are in talks with MGP to forge a grand alliance to take on the BJP in the Goa Assembly Elections 2017.
“MGP is old regional party of Goa. It has given 3 Chief Ministers to Goa. Since long time, MGP’s Dhavalikar brothers had alliance with BJP. I feel BJP has started practising use and throw in all states now. They use regional parties as ladders and expand their party in states. MGP has got good base in Goa. The way these two ministers were sacked, it has given space for new political equation before Goa election. We always wanted a grand alliance in Goa and MGP should be in it. We have also said that CM should be of MGP. If all gets worked out, I think this grand alliance is possible,” said Raut.