Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and MLA Sudin Dhavalikar meeting with Goa BJP in-charge Devendra Fadnavis has raised eyebrows in the political circle on a possible alliance between BJP and MGP for upcoming Assembly elections.
However, Dhavalikar on Tuesday asserted that there is no alliance with BJP. "I did not go to any party to negotiate an alliance. Leaders of other parties had come to visit me at home. If someone comes to visit, I can't send them back. Trinamool's Prashant Kishor and his I-PAA team, Congress's Dinesh Gundu Rao and BJP’s Fadnavis have met me,” he said.
He also said that the MGP committee’s decision is final on the BJP alliance. “MGP made a big mistake by forming an alliance with BJP three times. But now again, allying with them is like committing suicide", said Dhavalikar.
MGP has repeatedly said that they will not form any alliance with BJP as they betrayed them thrice. In 2007, MGP has joined BJP to overturn the Congress government, but was later disqualified. Later in 2012, MGP formed a pre-poll alliance with BJP and won the election. However, after Manohar Parrikar was elevated to Defense minister, MGP was removed from Cabinet due to differences with Laxmikant Parsekar. MGP again supported BJP in the 2017 elections to form a new coalition government under Manohar Parrikar. But after his demise, the party split as two MLA's from MGP joined BJP and dropped Dhavalikar from the cabinet.
"BJP's Goa in-charge Devendra Fadnavis meeting Sudin Dhavalikar does not mean that an alliance has been formed. MGP will never form an alliance with BJP again. The MGP party has already started preparations to contest the elections on its own. The names of some of the candidates will be sealed at the MGP executive committee meeting next week", said Deepak Dhavalikar, President, MGP