Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Goa Forward is part of govt and has to tow line of coalition dharma: Vijai

Says coalition parties will look into MGP’s decision as and when SHIRODA & MANDREM bypollS are declared; GOA FORWARD WILL TAKE A CALL WHETHER TO CONTEST OR NOT

11th January 2019, 03:16 Hrs

the goan I network

MARGAO   

Saying that MGP President Deepak Dhavalikar’s decision to offer coconut to Kamaxi deity marking the commencement of the election campaign in Shiroda is a significant political development, leader of the key alliance partner, Goa Forward chief Vijai Sardesai has said the coalition government will have a deep look into the development as and when elections are declared.  

While saying that Goa Forward is in the coalition government and has to tow the line of coalition dharma, Sardesai expressed his full support to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to keep his government stable, saying the Goa Forward will not disturb the Chief Minister.   

Asked to comment on the ensuing bypolls for the Mandrem and Shiroda Assembly constituencies, Sardesai said that Deepak Dhavalikar’s decision to offer coconut to Kamaxi deity is a significant political development, which is not very natural but unnatural and the parties will have a deep look into it. “Right now, we are in a coalition government and we have to take a call on the question whether Goa Forward will fight the bypolls or not,” he said.  

To a question, he said the Goa Forward has a sarpanch in one of the panchayats in Shiroda constituency, adding “our vice-president Akbar Mullah hails from Shiroda. But we will take a call only if we are sure that our shot will strike the target. Goa Forward has a fairly high strike rate”.  

Referring to the statement made by GPCC chief Girish Chodankar on the party coming to power, Sardesai said that power should come to the regional forces to fulfill the aspirations of the people.   

“Regional forces are coming forward everywhere to come to power to give instant solutions. They need not consult anyone on decision-making as they are aware of the pulse of the people,” he said.  

Reminding that Manohar Parrikar was brought from Delhi to head the coalition government after the 2017 Assembly election, the Goa Forward chief said the regional party will not disturb Parrikar. “We offer him our full support. We want to keep him stable,” he asserted.  

With the election code of conduct likely to come into effect by next month ahead of the bypolls and later before the Lok Sabha election, the TCP Minister said the State will face paralysis on decision-making because of the election code. “The executive is bound not to take any decisions because of the election code,” he said.