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BJP’s reaction to MGP-TMC alliance is that “lion eats grass.”

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Panaji: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has reacted to the alliance between its former ally Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party and Trinamool Congress Party as “lion eats grass.”

Lion is an election symbol of MGP, one of the oldest regional party in the coastal state, which had fought 2012 Goa Legislative Assembly election in alliance with BJP. The party had also supported then chief minister Manohar Parrikar in 2017 to form the BJP-led Goa government.

“I have seen cartoons on various whatsapp groups. It is shown there that when Lion does not get anything to eat, it eats grass,” BJP Goa President Sadanand Shet Tanavade told reporters on Monday late evening after attending the meeting of Election Management Committee chaired by former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadanavis.

Tanavade said that when MGP had first time allied with BJP in the year 1994, it was a different party, all together. “If it was the same party, they would not have allied with the political outfit like TMC,” he said.

“Now, MGP has been turned into private limited company of Dhavalikar brothers,” he said referring to Dhavalikar duo – Sudin and Deepak. While Deepak Dhavalikar heads MGP, Sudin represents party in Goa Legislative Assembly.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, reacting to the alliance, said that both the parties do not match when it comes to their cultural identities. “Where is MGP’s culture and wehre is TMC’s West Bengal culture. They wonder how do they match,” Sawant.

Referring to first Goa CM Dayanand alias Bhausaheb Bandodkar, who founded MGP, Sawant said “late Bhausaheb Bandodkar will not have peace wherever he is (after Monday’s development).

MGP and TMC on Monday had announced their alliance for upcoming Goa Legislative Assembly elections on seat sharing basis. The details of the alliance would be announced later on, both the parties had told reporters. P

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