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Ahead of Goa polls TMC make ties with party that BJP sidelined in 2019

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) of Sudhin Dhavalikar on Monday announced a tie-up with Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress ahead of assembly elections in Goa.

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It is to be mentioned that In 2017, when the Congress emerged as the single largest party by winning 17 seats in the 40-member house, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had made alliance with smaller parties like the MGP and independents to form government.

Sudhin Dhavlikar, a minister in the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government in Goa, was unceremoniously dropped in March 2019 after Mr Parrikar died and Pramod Sawant took charge.

Two of his MLAs joined the BJP, leaving the party with only one MLA.

Veteran Goa Politician and Rajya Sabha MP Luizinho Faleiro, who recently switched from Congress to joined Trinamool, was present as the new tie-up was announced.

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While, elections to Goa’s 40-seat assembly are due in February, the TMC is scouting for a local ally as it plans its debut in the Goa polls.

Both the Trinamool and the Congress have been in talks with former BJP allies MGP and Goa Forward Party (which broke up with the BJP earlier this year).

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