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Maharashtrawadi Gomantak

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party a regional political party in India and it had supremacy in the state of Goa, which is a Christian-dominated state.

The MGP got huge backing from the Christian residents of Goa. This party had dissimilar ideologies from United Goans Party, which were oldest parties in the state of Goa. The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak was evolved after freedom from Portuguese colonization of Goa in 1961.

After Goa achieved independence in 1961, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party took charge in the state, ruling Goa from 1963 when the first Assembly elections to the state were held, till 1979 when it was expelled due to some imperfections.....
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Maharashtrawadi Gomantak News

Holiday mood dampens Goa's poll spirit; 74.04% voting (Roundup)

Posted On : Apr 23,2019,    11:24 pm
Panaji, April 23 (IANS) Holiday mood may have dampened the voting spirit in Goa, poll officials said, as the coastal state polled a relatively low 72.04 per cent (provisional) voting for the two Lok Sabha seats and 78.95 per cent voting for the three assembly bypolls which where held on Tuesday. There were minor EVM hiccups, officials said. View More..

Voting for Goa's 2 LS, 3 bypolls begins

Posted On : Apr 23,2019,    7:38 am
Panaji, April 23 (IANS) Voting for Goa's two Lok Sabha seats and three Assembly bypolls got underway at 7 a.m. on Tuesday. View More..

2 LS, 3 Assembly seats in Goa go to polls on Tuesday

Posted On : Apr 22,2019,    6:40 pm
Panaji, April 22 (IANS) Nearly 11.35 lakh voters will on Tuesday decide the fate of candidates in Goa's two Lok Sabha and three Assembly seats, after a gruelling election campaign that saw the ruling BJP and the Congress predictably emerge as top contestants for the April 23 polls, in which regional party MGP will also a key role. View More..

Notice issued over MGP breakaway group merger

Posted On : Apr 22,2019,    2:40 pm
Panaji, April 22 (IANS) The High Court of Bombay at Goa on Monday issued notices to office of the state Assembly Speaker following a petition seeking the quashing of an order signing off on the merger of a breakaway group of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) into the BJP. View More..

BJP, Congress upbeat on winning Goa polls

Posted On : Apr 21,2019,    6:48 pm
Panaji, April 21 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress have expressed confidence of winning the two Lok Sabha polls and three Assembly by-elections, campaigning for which concluded at 5 p.m. on Sunday. The seats will go to polls on April 23. View More..

Congress upbeat on both Goa LS seats, 3 assembly bypolls

Posted On : Apr 21,2019,    3:26 pm
Panaji, April 21 (IANS) The Congress party is confident of winning the April 23 elections to the two Lok Sabha seats in Goa and the three assembly bypolls with a 5-0 scoreline, state Congress president Girish Chodankar said on Sunday. View More..

Goa by-elections may decide fate of coalition government

Posted On : Apr 19,2019,    7:28 pm
Panaji, April 19 (IANS) Along with elections to Goa's two Lok Sabha seats on April 23, the state is also going to witness by-elections to three Assembly seats, the results of which may well decide the fate of the incumbent BJP-led coalition government. View More..

Withdrawing support to Goa government: MGP

Posted On : Apr 12,2019,    3:18 pm
Panaji, April 12 (IANS) The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) has resolved to withdraw support to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition government in Goa, its working president Deepak Dhavalikar said on Friday. View More..

12 candidates vie for 2 LS seats in Goa

Posted On : Apr 08,2019,    9:20 pm
Panaji, April 8 (IANS) Six candidates each remain in the fray for Goa's two parliamentary constituencies while 16 candidates will battle it out for three state Assembly by-elections to be held along with the Lok Sabha polls on April 23. View More..

Goa CM refuses to react to Dhavalikar's charges

Posted On : Apr 08,2019,    6:06 pm
Panaji, April 8 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday refused to join the mudslinging match with recently sacked Deputy Chief Minister Sudin Dhavalikar. View More..

AAP leader, ex Goa Congress chief file nominations

Posted On : Apr 03,2019,    3:20 pm
Panaji, April 3 (IANS) Former state Congress President and now BJP candidate for the Shiroda Assembly by-poll Subhash Shirodkar and state AAP General Secretary and North Goa Lok Sabha candidate Pradeep Padgaonkar filed their nominations for their respective seats on Wednesday. View More..

Amid LS hype, bypolls hold key to Goa's political stability

Posted On : Apr 02,2019,    3:36 pm
Panaji, April 2 (IANS) While India gears up for the Lok Sabha polls to install a new set of rulers in the Delhi durbar, in Goa, bypolls to three assembly constituencies which are also scheduled for April 23, may well decide the future of the BJP-led coalition government. View More..

Central agencies threatening me: Sudin Dhavalikar

Posted On : Mar 29,2019,    5:48 pm
Panaji, March 29 (IANS) Three days after being left out from the Pramod Sawant-led coalition government, former Goa Deputy Chief Minister Sudin Dhavalikar on Friday said he is being threatened by the central enforcement agencies. View More..

Need to introspect over induction of MLAs: BJP leader

Posted On : Mar 28,2019,    1:32 pm
Panaji, March 28 (IANS) Fresh trouble is brewing within the senior ranks of the Goa BJP over the induction of more MLAs from other political parties. View More..

Pauskar made Goa minister, Ajgaonkar Deputy CM

Posted On : Mar 28,2019,    12:16 am
Panaji, March 28 (IANS) Newly-inducted BJP MLA Deepak Pauskar, one of the two MGP legislators who joined the ruling party earlier on Wednesday, was inducted into Chief Minister Pramod Sawant's cabinet while the other, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar, elevated as Deputy Chief Minister View More..

BJP did not split MGP, its MLAs came to us: Goa CM

Posted On : Mar 27,2019,    7:24 pm
Panaji, March 27 (IANS) Hours after two out of three MLAs from the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party split the legislative unit and merged with Goa's ruling BJP, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said his party was not responsible for the split. View More..

MGP hits out at BJP, likely to contest LS polls

Posted On : Mar 27,2019,    4:50 pm
Panaji, March 27 (IANS) Still smarting from the departure of two party MLAs who joined Goa's ruling BJP on Wednesday, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) President Dipak Dhavalikar said the outfit was considering fielding candidates in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections as well as all the three Assembly bypolls. View More..

Dhavalikar sacked for anti-government activity: Goa CM

Posted On : Mar 27,2019,    3:16 pm
Panaji, March 27 (IANS) Goa Deputy Chief Minister and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader Sudin Dhavalikar, who held the Public Works Department Ministry, has been dropped from the cabinet because of anti-government activity, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Wednesday. View More..

Goa Deputy CM Sudin Dhavalikar dropped from cabinet

Posted On : Mar 27,2019,    1:10 pm
Panaji, March 27 (IANS) Goa Deputy Chief Minister and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) leader Sudin Dhavalikar, who held the Public Works Department Ministry, was dropped from the Pramod Sawant-led cabinet on Wednesday. View More..

Two MGP MLAs split, merged into BJP: Goa Deputy Speaker

Posted On : Mar 27,2019,    4:52 am
Panaji, March 27 (IANS) In a late but politically significant development, two out of the three Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party legislators early on Wednesday, split from the regional party and merged their two-member legislative unit into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo said. View More..



About Maharashtrawadi Gomantak

   Maharashtrawadi Gomantak History

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party a regional political party in India and it had supremacy in the state of Goa, which is a Christian-dominated state. The MGP got huge backing from the Christian residents of Goa. This party had dissimilar ideologies from United Goans Party, which were oldest parties in the state of Goa. The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak was evolved after freedom from Portuguese colonization of Goa in 1961. After Goa achieved independence in 1961, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party took charge in the state, ruling Goa from 1963 when the first Assembly elections to the state were held, till 1979 when it was expelled due to some imperfections. The party operates on a Centre political position. The election symbol of this political party is Lion. The party has more dominance among non-Brahmin Hindus. This group makes huge number and poor section of the Goan society, and was particularly disadvantaged during Portuguese rule in Goa. It held on to power in spite of being affected by some defections, defeating the other contenders for power, mainly the United Goans Party and afterwards the Congress party.

The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party came into fame under the wise leadership of Dayanand Bandodkar. He was also the first Chief Minister of post Portuguese Goa. Bandodkarhad dominance in non-Brahmin sections of the Goan society through its able leadership and great principles. The major voter base of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party comprises the non-Brahmin Hindus, who make the mainstream of the browbeaten, poor sections of Goa.

This party had supremacy in Goa administration for 16 yearsand defeated major political challengers, the United Goans Party (UGP) and later the Congress because this party has peculiar political ideologies of Regionalism and Populism. A serious ideological combat involved between the two major leaders in the state, the MGP and the UGP, over the issue of retaining Goa's soleindividuality. The MGP believed in a political amalgamation of Goa with Maharashtra because there is a similarity in the cultures of these two states. The party's concern of accepting Marathi over Konkani as the official language of the state, owing to the latter's weak dialect, was strongly opposed by the UGP, which held a dissimilar political beliefs. The Maharashtra Gomantak Party lost importance after the significant opinion poll was held in the state. Though the MGP was in coalition with the Congress for a most of the elections, the ascendency of BJP in the state was identical to the sharprejection of the MGP. The MGP broke relation with the Congress earlier to the 2012 state Assembly elections which affectedsignificanceturn down.However, the party made some changes to regain the party's eminence and organizational set up, in August, 2013. This decision wasvital toimprove political performance and make good presence in Goa. Currently, it is in partnership with the BJP in the state which has formed the government in Goa. The MGP has 3 legislators in the Goa Assembly formed in 2012.

Leaders of the MGP:

There are numerous able leaders of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, who represent national executives of the party. Pandurang Dhavalikar is Chairperson of MGP. He is one of the three Members of Legislative Assembly in the present BJP-led government in Goa. He is also a Minister of the Goa government in the BJP-coalition. He represents the Priol, Mormugao constituency in the Assembly of Goa. The two brothers of Dhavlikar, Deepak and Sudin, have dominance in the MGP.Narayan Sawant is working President of MGP. LavooMamledar is General Secretary and National Secretary of party. He is one of the three Members of Legislative Assembly in the present BJP-led government in Goa. He is also the National Spokesperson of the party.Ramakrishna Dhavalikaris MLA and one of the three Members of Legislative Assembly in the current BJP-led government in Goa, formed in the 2012 Assembly elections. He represents the Marcaim constituency in the Goa Assembly.

Political success of the Party:

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party is a major regional political party of India which has supremacy in the state of Goa and in its long political journey, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party has achieved important target. Party's Deputy CM and Minister of Social Welfare Development, Ramakant Khalap launched the Dayanand Social Security Scheme to guarantee pensions to the elderly people of the browbeaten non-Brahmin Hindus in Goa.

When the MGP ruled in state, it successfully completed the River Linkage Project in Goa, by ensuring steady water supply to Goa through linkages of all rivers and other water bodies in and around Goa. The TillariIrrigation Project in Goa, which ensured a complete solution to the water shortage problem in Goa, was efficiently completed under good leadership of Khalap of the MGP. The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party continually struggled for the rights of Marathi, along with already-existent Konkani, is made the official language of Goa. It has ledincessant demand to give Marathi the same status in Goa, at par with Konkani, which was approved as the official language of the state in the year 1992.

Party has contributed a lot for Infrastructural developments in the state of Goa under the ministerial responsibilities of men like Khalap. The MGP completed a national highway and several bridges in the state of Goa, namely NH 17 at Dhargal and a massive bridge on the Chaporariver in Mandrem in Goa.

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party also completed the huge project of the Konkan Railway Corporation which led to the making of the Konkan Railways in the state of Goa. This project generated revenues as well as increased job opportunities in the state of Goa.

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