Nagging rift in MGP as Deepak Dhavalikar tilts towards Congress, while Sudin wants to stay put with the BJP in Goa


A small but worrying rift or difference of opinion seems to have cropped up between the Dhavalikar brothers Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) president Deepak Dhavalikar over the issue of support to the Congress in the upcoming by-polls and Lok Sabha elections in the State.

Both leaders didn’t take our calls and refused to speak to on this issue, however another MGP leader said we should wait and watch as the party is likely to make a big announcement in the next 15 days.

After the resignation of two Congress leaders from Mandrem and Shiroda, by-polls will be held in the State in March or April.

While Deepak Dhavalikar is keen on contesting the Shiroda seat with the discreet and outside support of the Goa Congress, his brother Sudin wants the MGP to stick with the BJP and instead lend support to BJP candidate and former Congress leader Subhash Shirodkar and ensure his win.

Deepak wants to increase the MGP’s MLA count in the house and is confident of wining the Shiroda seat, albeit with the discreet support of the Congress. He is not averse to teaming up with the Congress to form a new Congress-led government in Goa, but Sudin Dhavalikar won’t have anything to do with such a deal. He wants to stick on the BJP as long as Manohar Parrikar is the CM at least, is what MGP leaders opine.

Last month in mid-November, Deepak had declared that his “party’s central committee had a detailed discussion on the leadership issue and because Parrikar is ailing and the administration is completely paralyzed, to bring discipline and efficiency to the administration, the chief minister’s charge be given to senior MGP MLA Sudin Dhavalikar as early as possible.

“If the charge is not given immediately, we will contest all upcoming elections, that is (Assembly) by-election and Lok Sabha polls, by fielding our candidates against official candidate of the government,” he had then said. However, after senior BJP leaders spoke to both Sudin and Deepak, they softened their stand.

With by-elections around the corner within two months, Deepak is now again sharpening his knives and wants the Shiroda seat in his pocket at any cost, even if it means ditching the BJP.

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