Congress looks to replicate Karnataka model in Goa
Taking advantage of the absence of Manohar Parrikar and the manner in which it formed the government in Karnataka, the Goa Congress has begun back channel talks with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party which is an ally of the BJP in the state.
The Congress had last week met with the Goa Governor and asked him to invite them to form the government as they were the single largest party in Goa. The Congress has begun talks with the MGP and is trying to work out the modalities.
The MGP had made it clear that it had supported Parrikar and not the BJP. While the Congress has been trying to engage the MGP, its leader and PWD minister, Ramkrishna Sudin has ruled out any truck with the Congress.
Recently Manohar Parrikar in a pre-recorded message had told BJP workers that he would be back soon. I am not there among you because I am undergoing treatment for the past two months. I will come back to Goa in a few weeks, he had also said.