Goa Suraksha Manch slams Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party for ‘insulting’ pre-poll alliance

Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) today hit out at Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) saying the latter “insulted” the pre-poll alliance with them by joining hands with BJP to form the state government.

It is sad to see that MGP which had pre-poll alliance with us has gone with BJP to form the government led by Parrikar. (File Photo)

Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM) today hit out at Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) saying the latter “insulted” the pre-poll alliance with them by joining hands with BJP to form the state government. “The parties which are joining hands with BJP to form Goa government are committing dishonesty towards their voters who had reduced Manohar Parrikar-led party (BJP) to a minority,” GSM President Anand Shirodkar told reporters here. “It is sad to see that MGP which had pre-poll alliance with us has gone with BJP to form the government led by Parrikar. This is an insult to our pre-poll alliance agreement,” said Shirodkar.

GSM, which fought the recently held Goa Assembly polls in alliance with MGP and Shiv Sena, drew a blank. MGP, which won three seats, has supported BJP. Shirodkar said though GSM could not win any seat, it will continue playing its role in the political space of the state. He said the demand of mother tongue as Medium of Instruction (MoI) based on which the party was formed will not be withdrawn. Shirodkar also claimed that the MoI issue, which was raised against BJP during the recent polls, reduced its tally to 13.

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The swearing-in ceremony is likely to take place at 5 pm on Tuesday in Panaji, according to a report. BJP president Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari will attend the swearing-in ceremony, said Parrikar. This comes after BJP had pulled off a coup and staked the claim to form the next government in Goa in coalition with local outfits and independents under Manohar Parrikar, despite being a runner-up behind the Congress.

Goa Governor Mridula Sinha last night appointed Parrikar, the BJP Legislature Party leader, as the chief minister and asked him to prove majority on floor of House within 15 days of taking oath. In evening, the BJP members led by the incumbent Defence Minister called on the Governor and formally staked the government formation claim. The BJP has enlisted the support of two independents, three members each of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).

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