Goa Lok Sabha Elections

Two Of Three MGP MLAs Split From Party, Merge Legislature Wing With BJP In Goa

Written By Digital Desk | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Two out of the three MGP MLAs in Goa on Wednesday merged their party's legislature wing with the BJP
  • Legislators Manohar Ajgaonkar and Dipak Pawaskar gave the letter for merging the MGP legislature party to officiating Goa Assembly Speaker Michael Lobo
  • Sudin Dhavalikar, the third Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) legislator, has not signed the letter

Two out of the three MGP MLAs in Goa on Wednesday merged their party's legislature wing with the BJP.

Legislators Manohar Ajgaonkar and Dipak Pawaskar gave the letter for merging the MGP legislature party to officiating Goa Assembly Speaker Michael Lobo. Sudin Dhavalikar, the third Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) legislator, has not signed the letter.

Marcaim legislator Dhavalikar is the deputy chief minister in the Pramod Sawant government.

As two out of the three MLAs have merged the legislature wing, they are saved from inviting anti-defection law, which makes it mandatory that two-third of the strength should agree for merger.

Lobo told PTI that he received the letter at 1:45 am from Ajgaonkar and Pawaskar for merging the MGP with the BJP.

In absence of a full-time speaker, due to the resignation of Pramod Sawant who was sworn in as chief minister, Lobo is officiating on the chair.

With the support of the two MLAs, the BJP's numbers in the 36-seat Goa assembly has gone up to 14.

Both the MLAs have signed the letter merging the MGP legislature wing with the BJP, Lobo said.

MGP is an ally of the BJP in the Sawant-led government with all the three MLAs supporting the chief minister along with legislators from the Goa Forward Party and Independents.

Sawant, who faced floor test last week after the demise on Manohar Parrikar, was supported by 20 MLAs as against 15 from opposition.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party said a "conspiracy" was being hatched by "our rivals" that might force it to move out and align with the Congress to form a new government.

Speaking to PTI, MGP president Dipak Dhavalikar alleged one of his party's officer-bearers was "made to issue a letter" to the governor and speaker declaring authority over entire legislative affairs of the outfit. 

Dhavalikar said the MGP central committee would meet on March 27 to chalk out its future course of action, which, he claimed, can decide the fate of the state government.

"There is a larger conspiracy under which one of our senior officer bearers, general secretary Lavoo Mamlatdar, was made to issue a letter to the governor and speaker, in which he stated that he was taking over the entire authority on legislative affairs of the party," Dhavalikar said.

He said his party was the state's oldest regional outfit but some sections were opposed to its growth. 

Mamlatdar had last week written a letter to the governor and Assembly speaker stating he was the sole authority in the MGP to communicate party decisions to them. Following the letter, the MGP had expelled Mamlatdar.

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