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Goa elections: MGP says it will not support Pramod Sawant as chief minister

NEW DELHI: The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) on Saturday said it will decide its stand after the Goa election results by taking the ally Trinamool Congress in confidence, but will “never support” Pramod Sawant as chief minister.

Sawant, chief minister of the outgoing BJP government, had sacked MGP ministers from his cabinet, said MGP leader Sudin Dhavalikar, but did not categorically rule out supporting the BJP again. Results of the Assembly elections in Goa would be declared on March 10.

Dhavalikar told PTI that in case of a fractured mandate, his party and the TMC will decide whether to support any party or coalition only after taking each other into confidence.

Asked if the TMC-MGP alliance is ruling out supporting the incumbent BJP, Dhavalikar said, The issue is not about BJP. Politics in Goa is different from that in the rest of the country. We have witnessed 16 chief ministers in 16 years. The politics here is different from that in Haryana and Delhi. The stand of the Goa unit of the TMC can be different from that of “national TMC” as its leaders here are Goans and not from West Bengal, the bastion of the Mamata Banerjee-led party, Dhavalikar said.

But the MGP will not support any government led by Pramod Sawant, he categorically said.

Sawant (as chief minister) threw the MGP out from the state cabinet in 2019 without any valid reason. We are still hurt over it and we will never support a government which has Sawant as chief minister, he said.

Dhavalikar in the past had said he preferred BJP leaders Vishwajit Rane or Nilesh Cabral as the next chief minister. When asked about this statement, he said it should not be taken out of context. I had said that Congress and BJP should come together and keep those facing charges of corruption and serious criminal cases at bay.

They should not been given the CM post or ministerial post, he said, adding that Rane or Cabral could be a good choice. People were seeking a change in 2022 so the MGP formed alliance with TMC to provide a good alternative, Dhavalikar said.

People have rejected party-hoppers and corrupt and criminal politicians this time, he claimed.

Source: Press Trust of India

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