PANAJI: Hinting at possible support to independent candidate Utpal Parrikar in the Panaji seat, the TMC-MGP alliance is yet to take a call on the assembly seat, where it has not fielded any candidate.
Addressing a press conference, MGP leader Ramakrishna Dhavalikar said that the alliance has decided not to contest the Panaji seat and will shortly take a call on whether to support an independent candidate or not.
Utpal, son of former Goa CM late Manohar Parrikar, is contesting as an independent after BJP denied him a ticket and fielded incumbent MLA Babush Monserrate.
Dhavalikar also said that MGP will never support Pramod Sawant in future, and since BJP announced him as a CM candidate, there is no question of even being part of BJP.
Dhavalikar said that BJP has failed to restart mining, and only the TMC-MGP alliance can ensure that the industry resumes full-fledged.
“BJP claims that under Mamata Banerjee, women in West Bengal are suffering, but her women are suffering due to their own tainted minister,” he added.
Reacting to the reports about his absence during the manifesto release, Dhavalikar said he avoided the event since he had a fever after taking the booster dose.
He said he will actively campaign for the victory of MGP and TMC candidates.
Dhavalikar also claimed that alliance parties would definitely form the next government by setting aside Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Dhavalikar also expressed concern over rising COVID cases and said that Election Commission must ensure safe elections by restricting crowds and limited meetings. He also said that arrogant election officials should be shunted.