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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

Pramod Sawant wins trust vote in Goa (Roundup)

Posted On : Mar 20,2019,    4:36 pm
Panaji, March 20 (IANS) Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday won the trust vote in the Goa Assembly and pledged to carry forward his late predecessor Manohar Parrikar's vision of "positive thinking". View More..

Goa CM Pramod Sawant wins trust vote

Posted On : Mar 20,2019,    3:38 pm
Panaji, March 20 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday won the trust vote in the state Assembly and pledged to carry forward his late predecessor Manohar Parrikar's vision of "positive thinking". View More..

Goa CM Pramod Sawant wins trust vote

Posted On : Mar 20,2019,    2:00 pm
Panaji, March 20 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday won the trust vote in the state Assembly. View More..

Goa's BJP-led coalition government faces floor test

Posted On : Mar 20,2019,    8:06 am
Panaji, March 20 (IANS) Newly appointed Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who heads a BJP-led coalition government, will face a floor test to prove his dispensation's majority in the 36-member state legislative assembly on Wednesday. View More..

Goa floor test on Wednesday, Governor summons Assembly

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    7:16 pm
Panaji, March 19 (IANS) Goa Governor Mridula Sinha has summoned the Assembly to meet on Wednesday morning, making way for newly-appointed Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to prove his legislative majority in a floor test. View More..

Pramod Sawant sworn in as 11th Goa CM

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    3:32 am
Panaji, March 19 (IANS) Former Speaker of Goa legislative assembly and BJP MLA Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday. View More..

Pramod Sawant sworn in as 11th Goa CM

Posted On : Mar 19,2019,    2:02 am
Panaji, March 19 (IANS) Former Speaker of Goa legislative assembly and BJP MLA Pramod Sawant was sworn in as the 11th Chief Minister of Goa on Tuesday. View More..

Goa CM swearing-in called off, says Deputy Speaker

Posted On : Mar 18,2019,    10:40 pm
Panaji, March 18 (IANS) In a new twist, Goa's Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo on Monday said that the swearing-in of the new Chief Minister, which was scheduled to be held at 11 pm at the Raj Bhavan, has been called off. View More..

After Parrikar, Goa politics entering new, shaky era

Posted On : Mar 18,2019,    9:26 pm
Panaji, March 18 (IANS) Goa stands on the verge of a new but possibly shaky political era, with its tallest leader and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar cremated with full military and state honours on Monday and the BJP identifying his replacement in Pramod Sawant. View More..

'Parrikar's funeral paramount over coalition talks'

Posted On : Mar 18,2019,    8:24 am
Panaji, March 18 (IANS) Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's final rites were more important than a government formation, the coastal state's BJP unit said on Monday, even as ongoing negotiations between allies and BJP leaders, including Nitin Gadkari and the party's National Secretary B.L. Santosh, have appeared to hit a roadblock. View More..

Decision after talks with Gadkari: BJP's Goa allies

Posted On : Mar 18,2019,    1:32 am
Panaji, March 18 (IANS) All decisions about a fresh bid for power will be taken after a discussion with Union Minister Nitin Gadkari who is expected to arrive in Goa soon, leaders from regional political party who were part of the BJP-led alliance government said. View More..

Congress stakes claim in Goa; BJP in a huddle

Posted On : Mar 18,2019,    12:14 am
Panaji, March 18 (IANS) Claiming to be the single largest party in the 36-member state legislative Assembly, the Congress on Sunday formally staked its claim to form government in Goa with Governor Mridula Sinha. View More..

Parrikar 18th Indian Chief Minister to die in office

Posted On : Mar 17,2019,    11:52 pm
New Delhi, March 17 (IANS) Manohar Parrikar, who passed away at his private residence on Sunday evening after a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer, became India's 18th and Goa's second Chief Minister to die in office. View More..

Congress stakes claim to form govt in Goa

Posted On : Mar 16,2019,    6:36 pm
Panaji, March 16 (IANS) On a day when reports suggested that ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's condition has worsened, the Congress in Goa on Saturday staked claim to form the government in the coastal state. View More..

Goa BJP chief slams former CM Laxmikant Parsekar

Posted On : Mar 13,2019,    11:58 pm
Panaji, March 13 (IANS) Coming down heavily on Goa's former BJP Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, state BJP President Vinay Tendulkar on Wednesday said the 62-year-old politician is aging and behaving like the flame of a lamp which is about to extinguish. View More..

Will 'Hindu' parties impact BJP in Goa? (Dangal 2019)

Posted On : Mar 13,2019,    1:04 pm
Panaji, March 13 (IANS) The thunder of all the bombs dropped by the IAF on Balakot may not politically echo in the BJP's favour in Goa where it appears to be caught between a rock, a hard place and a granite slab ahead of the Lok Sabha elections and three Assembly by-polls - as far as cornering Goa's Hindu conservative vote bank is concerned. View More..

To dissolve the assembly or not, that is the question for the Goa BJP

Posted On : Feb 20,2019,    12:04 pm
Panaji, Feb 20 (IANS) The death of former Deputy Chief Minister and incumbent BJP MLA Francis D'Souza and the continuing ill-health of two BJP MLAs, including Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, queered the legislative arithmetic for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and rekindled the debate on the assembly's dissolution. View More..

BJP ally in Goa 'working on Plan B for political stability'

Posted On : Feb 06,2019,    6:20 pm
Panaji, Feb 6 (IANS) Turning the heat on the Manohar Parrikar-led coalition government in Goa, its ally Goa Forward Party (GFP) on Wednesday said it is working on a "Plan B" to ensure political stability, irrespective of the fact which party heads the new dispensation in the state. View More..

No political crisis in Goa as long as Parrikar is CM: BJP MLA

Posted On : Feb 04,2019,    3:14 pm
Panaji, Feb 4 (IANS) As long as Manohar Parrikar is the Chief Minister, there will be no political crisis in Goa, Deputy Speaker of the Goa Assembly and BJP MLA Michael Lobo said on Monday in a Facebook post. View More..

Goa Minister calls himself 'tiger', MGP members 'dogs', 'slaves'

Posted On : Jan 27,2019,    3:22 pm
Panaji, Jan 27 (IANS) A rift between Goa alliance ministers grew wider on Sunday with Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude calling ruling alliance constituent Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) members "dogs" and "slaves", while likening himself to a "tiger". 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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