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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

Legislators are servants, not slaves, of people: Bombay HC

Posted On : Dec 17,2018,    7:54 pm
Panaji, Dec 17 (IANS) Legislators are servants and not slaves of people, the Panaji bench of the Bombay High Court on Monday said. View More..

If made CM, will take stakeholders into confidence unlike Parrikar: Goa Dy. Speaker

Posted On : Dec 13,2018,    7:30 pm
Panaji, Dec 13 (IANS) Deputy Speaker, Goa Legislative Assembly and BJP MLA Michael Lobo on Thursday said if he is given the opportunity to become the Chief Minister, he would take all stakeholders into confidence before taking decisions which impact state economy, unlike incumbent Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. View More..

Bikinis should be worn in private spaces only, not in temples, churches: Goa Minister

Posted On : Dec 10,2018,    6:44 pm
Panaji, Dec 10 (IANS) Bikinis should only be worn in private spaces in Goa and the swim wear should not be allowed in the state's temples and churches, Goa's PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said on Monday. View More..

BJP slams demand for Parrikar's resignation, says Nehru too was ill in his last years in office

Posted On : Nov 21,2018,    6:34 pm
Panaji, Nov 21 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday slammed the Congress for demanding Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's resignation, saying that India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was ill too in his last years in office. View More..

Goa's MGP petitions High Court, says Parrikar, two other BJP MLAs terminally ill

Posted On : Nov 20,2018,    5:54 pm
Panaji, Nov 20 (IANS) The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, a part of the BJP-led ruling alliance in Goa, has filed a petition before the High Court saying that three BJP legislators including Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar were terminally ill and in no position to attend the assembly session if convened for a floor test. View More..

Goa beach cleaning tender triggers spat between ruling alliance members

Posted On : Nov 19,2018,    9:30 pm
Panaji, Nov 19 (IANS) Uncollected garbage strewn on Goa's beaches, and a tender to appoint an agency to clean them, triggered a row in the ruling BJP-led coalition government on Monday. View More..

Goa government non-functional, Parrikar being self-centred: Subhash Velingkar

Posted On : Nov 18,2018,    5:06 pm
Panaji, Nov 18 (IANS) The Goa government has virtually become non-functional and Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is being self-centred in not letting go of the top post despite suffering from pancreatic cancer, former state RSS chief Subhash Velingkar said on Sunday. View More..

Goa Minister slams Parrikar-led finance ministry's functioning

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    7:32 pm
Panaji, Nov 17 (IANS) Goa Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte on Saturday joined the chorus of the Opposition and other cabinet colleagues, claiming that the state administration had come to a standstill in the absence of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. View More..

Congress to take up Parrikar's health, constitutional crisis in Goa in Parliament

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    6:00 pm
Panaji, Nov 17 (IANS) The Congress will raise the issue of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's continuance in power and the impending "constitutional crisis" in BJP-ruled Goa in Parliament, party's national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said on Saturday. View More..

Parrikar should hand over charge, administration paralysed: BJP ally

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    1:12 pm
Panaji, Nov 17 (IANS) Ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar should hand over charge since the state administration under his leadership has been paralysed for eight months, a BJP ally said here on Saturday. View More..

Shah finally begins search for leadership alternatives to Parrikar

Posted On : Oct 18,2018,    6:14 pm
Panaji, Oct 18 (IANS) The BJP has formally started its hunt for a leadership alternative to ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, party leaders as well as an alliance partner said on Thursday. View More..

Congress 'raider' Rane joins Parrikar's successor race in Goa

Posted On : Oct 17,2018,    9:06 am
Panaji, Oct 17 (IANS) Early local lore tells of the Ranes as feared Maratha raiders, who would ride into erstwhile Goa and plunder wealth from the region's wealthy folks. View More..

Congress no longer single largest party in Goa (round-up)

Posted On : Oct 16,2018,    7:48 pm
Panaji, Oct 16 (IANS) In a swift masterstroke that brought the legislative strength of BJP and Congress at 14 MLAs each, two Congress legislators on Tuesday resigned and joined the BJP amid charges that the two were threatened to switch sides. View More..

Two Congress legislators in Goa quit, join BJP

Posted On : Oct 16,2018,    7:04 pm
New Delhi, Oct 16 (IANS) Hours after resigning as members of Goa Assembly, Congress legislators, Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte, on Tuesday joined the BJP in the presence of Union Minister Piyush Goyal. View More..

2 Congress MLAs resign from Goa Assembly

Posted On : Oct 16,2018,    2:28 pm
Panaji, Oct 16 (IANS) Two Congress MLAs from Goa who left for Delhi late on Monday, met BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday and soon after resigned from the state assembly, an official said. View More..

BJP has 'taken' 2 Goa Congress MLAs: Official

Posted On : Oct 16,2018,    12:30 pm
Panaji, Oct 16 (IANS) In a fresh twist to the ongoing saga of political instability in Goa, two Congress MLAs who left the coastal state for Delhi late on Monday, may have been "taken" by the BJP, Congress leader A. Chellakumar said here on Tuesday. View More..

Goa BJP ally warns against Assembly dissolution as CM ails

Posted On : Oct 15,2018,    5:44 pm
Panaji, Oct 15 (IANS) Goa Forward Party President and Agriculture Minister Vijai Desai on Monay warned against dissolution of the Assembly even as the state Chief Minister is fighting a serious illness. View More..

Congress demands day's session for Goa floor test

Posted On : Oct 04,2018,    4:20 pm
Panaji, Oct 4 (IANS) The Congress on Thursday demanded a one-day session of the Goa Assembly to enable the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government to prove its majority on the floor of the House. View More..

'Fortnight of the ancestors' stalls Goa power game for now

Posted On : Oct 04,2018,    12:16 pm
Panaji, Oct 4 (IANS) What has the "fortnight of the ancestors", or pitru paksha, a lunar phase in the Hindu calendar, got to do with governance in Goa? View More..

Goa party condemns Minister calling Goans, Portuguese siblings

Posted On : Sep 29,2018,    9:04 pm
Panaji, Sep 29 (IANS) The Goa Suraksha Manch, a regional political party, has condemned state PWD Minister Sudin Dhavalikar's recent comment referring to Goans and Portuguese as "brothers and sisters". 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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