MGP letter withdrawing support to govt to reach Governor in a fortnight

Panaji: Working president of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) Narayan Sawant Thursday said that the central committee has passed a resolution to withdraw its support to the BJP-led government in the state and the formal letter to intimate about the decision to Governor Mridula Sinha will be sent within 15 days.

The party’s decision comes in the wake of the BJP poaching two of its three MLAs thus reducing the MGP strength to one. It may be noted that senior leader Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar, the lone MGP MLA, was sacked recently from the coalition government. Speaking to this daily, Sawant said the central committee’s decision to withdraw support to BJP was necessitated to teach the party a lesson for poaching MGP MLAs. He said there is no hurry to send the letter of withdrawal to the Governor since the party’s strength in the coalition government is only one. “But we will send the formal letter to the Governor within the next 15 days,” he said.

Sawant refused to admit that the MGP’s official support given to the Congress party was to defeat BJP candidates at the April 23 Lok Sabha election. “We have officially declared support to Congress candidates for both the Lok Sabha parliamentary seats and in the Mapusa bypoll to teach the party a lesson for poaching our MLAs but not to defeat anybody since it is for the people to decide,” he said.

The party also condemned Union minister Nitin Gadkari’s statement urging people to use the Shiroda by-election as an opportunity to defeat MGP and finish both Dhavalikar brothers’ careers in politics.

“The Union minister should avoid making such insulting statements. It has affected the Bahujan community which works for the development of this community. We are the oldest regional political party of the state and despite several attempts made to oppose its growth nothing has deterred our prospects with the support of party workers and people,” he said.