On Wednesday, two among the three Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLAs in Goa united with BJP making 14 legislators in the 40-member state assembly. Legislators Manohar Ajgaonkar and Dipak Pawaskar gave a letter to merge the MGP legislature party with the BJP to officiating Goa Assembly Speaker Michael Lobo.
However, the letter has not been signed by Sudin Dhavalikar, the third Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) MLA. Mr. Ajgaonkar has been assigned as a tourism minister while Mr. Dhavalikar has been assigned as a deputy chief minister in the BJP-led state government in Goa.
On Tuesday, the MLAs snapped the ties from the MGP and formed another group, MGP(two). Now they have merged the legislative unit with the BJP. It has been confirmed by Mr. Lobo that he received the letter from both the MLAs at 1:45 am though there was no sign of Mr. Dhavalikar he said.
The incident has helped to strengthen the BJP power from 12 to 14 in the 40 member house. Mr. Pawaskar told the sources, “After adopting the resolution, we approached Chief Minister Pramod Sawant with the letter, who instructed us to submit it to officiating Speaker Michael Lobo.”
“People from my constituency wanted that I should join BJP. We were also resigned to the fact that we could not take the MGP forward in the state,” he added.
Congress’s Goa chief spokesman Sunil Kawthankar said that “BJP has proved that it is a threat to all its allies.”
“This is a clear indication to all NDA partners all over the country just before the Lok Sabha election that any partnership with BJP will be detrimental to the existence of their own party,” he added.

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