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Panaji: Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) President Deepak Dhavalikar on Wednesday ruled out having any pre-poll alliance with BJP for upcoming Goa Legislative Assembly election.

Addressing a press conference, Dhavalikar said that the party is open for pre-poll alliance for other like-minded opposition parties in the state.

The MGP President said that there is absolutely no possibility of having pre-poll tie up with BJP for upcoming 2022 Goa Legislative Assembly election.

“MGP has decided to adopt policy of ‘ekla chalo re’. But if time comes, we may have pre-poll alliance with other like-minded opposition parties but not with BJP,” he said.

Dhavalikar refused to name the opposition parties, which MGP is ready to forge tie with.

He said that the party has decided to fight upcoming Assembly election scheduled in 2022 with its full might.

Dhavalikar also alleged that some leaders in BJP and other people, who are opposed to the party, are trying to portray the picture that the party has split.

“The wrong image is being projected. There is no split in the MGP. We are working unitedly and decisions are taken by taking everyone into confidence,” he said.

MGP had won on three seats during 2017 Assembly election, of which two MLAs left the party to join BJP.

Dhavalikar said that the ruling party has been meted with injustice as Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly is not even considering the disqualification petition filed against both the MLAs who had quit the party.

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