In a dramatic development, the Shiv Sena and the Goa Forward Party on Friday announced joining hands in a bid to bring down the BJP-led government of the coastal Indian state. Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party said that the purpose of the alliance was to bring like-minded political outfits together in Goa so that the Maharashtra experiment can be replicated in his state.
“We three MLAs of the Goa Forward Party met Mr Sanjay Raut of the Shiv Sena and also Praful Patel of the NCP…We are of the opinion that this government is formed by regional entities just like us. A regional entity that fights for the interests of the local people. We intend to have such kind of experiment being recreated in Goa so as to bring an alternative to the anti-people government of Dr Pramod Sawant, which is working for their self-interests, not for the interests of people.”
Sardesai told Janta Ka Reporter that he had high respect for NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who he said was the magnate behind the new alliance in Maharashtra. He said that his party urged Pawar to replicate the same experiment in Goa adding that his Goa Forward Party will extend its full support to an initiative to build a Maharashtra-like alliance in Goa.
Elsewhere, Sanjay Raut was quoted by news agency ANI, “Goa Forward Party president and ex-Dy CM of Goa, Vijai Sardesai along with three MLAs, is forming an alliance with the Shiv Sena. A new political front is taking shape in Goa, just like it happened in Maharashtra. Jaldi hi Goa mein bhi aapko ek chamatkar dikhai dega.”
Sardesai was part of the BJP-led coalition government in Goa, but the saffron party severed its ties with his party after the death of the then Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. The BJP had caused a split in the Congress with all rebel MLAs joining the BJP. This helped the BJP achieve a majority in the Goa assembly even without the help of the Goa Forward Party. Sardesai was the deputy chief minister in the government headed by Parrikar.
Sardesai is buoyed by the development in Maharashtra where an unexpected alliance of three parties, the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress, dashed all hopes of the BJP to return to power in the state. Uddhav Thackeray took oath of office as the new chief minister on Thursday evening.