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All is well for now, MGP ‘buries’ rebellion hatchet

Pauskar, BABU stick to demand for another ministry & corporation, say Sudin was well aware of proposal

23rd March 2019, 03:11 Hrs

the goan I network

PANAJI

Days after the MGP party appeared to be on the brink of a vertical split, all three party MLAs appeared to have met to bury the hatched and resolve differences.  

Sudin Dhavalikar, Manohar Ajgaonkar and Deepak Pauskar went into a huddle on Friday accompanied by party president Deepak Dhavalikar and other functionaries.  

While there was no consensus that emerged at the meeting, prominent issues were discussed and crucial decisions were arrived at. While Deepak Pauskar and Babu Ajgaonkar stuck to their proposal of one more ministry and a corporation, they claimed that such a demand was made through Sudin Dhavalikar prior to extending support to the new formation.  

Squarely blaming Sudin for not pursuing their proposals, Pauskar claimed that even their efforts failed despite personally meeting Nitin Gadkari and placing before him the demands. Sudin however denied of such a demand being placed before him.  

Pauskar reiterated that the PWD minister had even endorsed the idea of the party pulling out of the government if their demands were not met. He sought a resolution to be taken to put their demands before the newly appointed Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and threatened to quit along with Babu Ajgaonkar if their demands are not met.  

The party MLAs admitted that there were divisions within the MGP over issues like contesting bypolls and allocation of additional ministerial berth to the party. Pauskar and Deepak Dhavalikar were of the firm view that MGP should contest all four bypolls, despite opposition from the BJP.  

Meanwhile, MGP general secretary Lavoo Mamledar 

has alleged that the letter of support given to government does not have his signature and demanded that letter of support with the signature of general secretary should be considered by the governor rather than any other leader’s signature. The MGP central executive committee is going to discuss party strategy in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and the state bypoll besides deciding on other issues. 

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