Panaji: Two days before the declaration of the results of the Goa Legislative Assembly election, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today (Tuesday) said that if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not exceed the majority figure to form the government. If it stays away, the central leadership of the party is already in talks to seek support from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP). Let us inform you that the voting for the 40-member Legislative Assembly in Goa was held on 14 February and the results will be announced on 10 March.
After not getting the majority the ‘plan’ is ready
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the BJP is hopeful that it will get more seats than the majority mark of 21 seats but if the numbers fall short, “the party has also kept open the option of seeking support from independents and MGP”. The central leadership of BJP is in talks with MGP for a post-poll alliance.
Last time also BJP had formed a minority government
In the 2017 Legislative Assembly elections, Congress emerged as the single largest party by winning 17 seats but BJP which won 13 seats immediately formed government under Manohar Parrikar in alliance with Deepak Dhavalikar-led MGP, Goa Forward Party and Independents.
When MGP MLAs were stripped of their ministerial posts
Let us inform you that when Pramod Sawant became the Chief Minister in 2019 after the death of Manohar Parrikar, two MGP ministers were dropped from the cabinet. This time MGP has contested the assembly elections in alliance with Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress.
However, earlier MGP MLA Sudin Dhavalikar had said that his party would take a decision on its stand after the results of the Goa elections by taking TMC into confidence but would never “support” Pramod Sawant as chief minister.
Responding to Dhavalikar’s statement, Pramod Sawant said, “If any party supports us, it cannot decide on our leadership. MGP was removed from the government because he contested the 2019 by-election against our official candidate.
CM Pramod Sawant also said that he has no personal differences with his Dhavalikar brothers. The differences were political. Asked whether he will be the next chief minister if BJP returns to power, Sawant said, “The election was fought under my leadership. From our BJP national president to state president, everyone has said and reiterated it often that BJP will form the government under my leadership.
“I am confident that the central leadership of the party will once again repose faith in me to lead the next government,” he said.
Significantly, given the exit polls in Goa Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has reached Delhi to meet the central leadership and discuss the strategy in the event of a fractured mandate. Sources said Pramod Sawant arrived in Delhi on Monday night and is meeting the BJP’s central leadership today to discuss the possibility of a hung Legislative Assembly.