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Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party withdraws support of ruling BJP in Goa ahead of polls


Panaji: The Goa-based Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) today withdrew its support to ruling BJP in the state, media reports said on Thursday.

The development comes a day after the Election Commission announced dates for the Assembly polls in five states, including Goa. Goa assembly elections are scheduled for Feb 4, 2017.

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Party president Deepak Dhavalikar announced withdrawal of support to BJP in the state after the central committee meeting of the MGP.

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He also said that the MGP is likely to contest 22 assembly seats in the upcoming election, media reported.

According to media reports, the MGP is likely to forge an alliance with the Goa Suraksha Manch (GSM), led by rebel RSS member Subhash Velingkar.

The MGP had entered into pre-poll alliance with the BJP in 2012 for the 40-member strong Goa Assmebly elections, when the BJP won 21 seats and the MGP.


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