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Disunity in government can lead to its collapse: Vijai Sardesai

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Porvorim: Goa Forward Party Chief and Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai today said that the disunity in Manohar Parrikar led government if not treated then it can lead to its collapse.

“If this disunity is not treated or checked, then there is imminent fall of the government that the people have been predicting,” Sardesai told reporters at the sidelines of a government meeting held to discuss planning issues.

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“We don’t want people to predict this (collapse). We don’t want instability to set in the government,” the minister said.

Sardesai was referring to the infighting within the coalition with MGP announcing to field its candidates in upcoming Shiroda and Mandrem by-election.

Stating that he will not let the government collapse, Sardesai said that he has already kept Plan B ready for sustaining of this government.

“Our plan A was to form the government under the leadership of Manohar Parrikar. If that is being threatened due to action of the alliance partners then there is Plan B,” he said adding that whichever alliance is contesting against official candidate for upcoming by-polls is “threatening the government.”

Sardesai said that the Plan B to sustain the government would be implemented keeping in mind the ideologies of current government.

The minister, however, refused to elaborate on Plan B.

Talking about MGP’s decision to contest by-polls, Sardesai said “how can MGP run with hare and hunt with hounds?”

“You can’t be doing both. If you are with the government then you have to be with the government,” he said.

The minister said that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar himself was in dark about the logic behind stand taken by MGP to contest in by-election.

He said that “in politics, there is no conept called friendly fight. People will not believe us if we tell them that there is friendly fight during by-election.”

“When allies are fighting against one another, there is clear signal to the people that government is not speaking in one voice. That we are not united,” he said.

“Now, if we are not united then what it means? It means we are disunited and what is the next thing for disunity? Collapse of the government,” he commented.

Sardesai said that the political developments in the State have left the people in power blank. “Tomorrow if CM has to take a press conference and justify over the split in alliance or non-unity in government, I think even he will have no answer,” he said.

“It is high time that  people who lead the State should have answers to the particular questions put up by the people of the State,” Sardesai added.

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