On Thursday, a key ally of BJP-led by the coalition Goa government has announced that it will contest in the state’s yet to be scheduled by-elections “on its own”.

The decision to contest individually was taken at the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party’s (MGP) central committee meeting held in the day today, party Chief Deepak Dhavalikar told sources.

Mr. Dhavalikar said that they are not betraying anyone and will fight against defectors and defections. Also against those people, who will quit the party after one or two years.

By-elections to the two Assembly Constituencies have been necessitated after two Congress MLAs has resigned from the party to join centre-ruling BJP in October 2018.

With three MLAs, two of who are ministers in Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s Cabinet, the MGP has shared with BJP the Hindu conservation vote base.

When asked if MGP’s decision would create any impact on the Goa government, Mr. Dhavalikar said that the move does not mean that the party desire to destabilize the ruling dispensation.

He continued, “We are not threatening the government, or BJP or Congress. Our issue is clear. Goa is a small state and there should not be continuous defection. It has to stop.”

Mr. Dhavalikar further said that MGP has already endorsed his candidature for the Shiroda Assembly Constituency in today’s meeting.

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