Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) president Dipak Dhavalikar Thursday said he would be contesting the forthcoming by-election to the Shiroda Assembly seat in Goa, reports news agency IANS.
But the BJP High Command in Delhi is not least bothered about Junior Dhavalikar’s threats. “He just wants to get some more sops and conveniences from the Goa BJP and that is why he is pretending to contest from Shiroda. Maybe, by using the ploy of contesting elections, he is collecting funds for his party from all over Goa,” a senior BJP leader from Delhi opined, when asked about the situation in Goa.
Dhavalikar, whose party is an ally of the ruling BJP in Goa, claimed that the alliance government led by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has “not done injustice” to the MGP, but did not elaborate.
The date for the by-election to the Shiroda constituency in North Goa district has not yet been announced by the Election Commission, but reports state it could be within the next two months, by end-February or March 2019.
After launching the campaign in the constituency on Thursday, Dhavalikar said he would be contesting the Shiroda bypoll.
“There is no problem in the Parrikar-led alliance. Our three MLAs are part of the coalition government. But, for the Shiroda bypoll, the MGP will be fielding its own candidate,” he told reporters after visiting two temples in the constituency.
“Definitely, I have interest in contesting the Shiroda by-poll, but the party leadership will take a final call. The party did not get justice in the court, but we are confident that the party will get justice in the people’s court,” Deepak told the media on the sidelines of a party meeting at Navelim on Tuesday, adding that the MGP will take a call within the next four days on whether to contest or how to go about the ensuing bypoll for the Shiroda and Mandrem Assembly constituencies.
When contacted, senior MGP leader and state Transport Minister Sudin Dhavalikar, who is also the elder brother of Dipak Dhavalikar, said the party’s decision would be binding on him.
“I am a loyal soldier of the party. Whatever decision the party takes, it would be binding on me,” he added.