Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) was Goas first ruling party after the top of Portuguese colonial rule out 1961. within the first elections held after India took over the previous Portuguese colony, it ascended to power in December 1963 and stayed on, till being ousted from power by defections in early 1979.
The party has its base amongst non-Brahmin Hindus, a gaggle that structure an outsized section of the poorer half the Goan society, and was particularly deprived during Portuguese rule out Goa. It persisted to power despite being suffering from some defections, for much of the primary 20 years of post-Portuguese Goa, defeating the opposite contenders for power—primarily the United Goans Party to not be confused with the United Goans Democratic Party , founded within the 1990s first, and later the Congress.
During the primary 18 years after integration with independent India, MGP led the government . Today, however, the MGP is marginalized in comparison to its former status. The Bharatiya Janata Party, particularly during its reign between 1999 and 2005, was showing increasing signs of getting appropriated most of the Hindu voters, and an outsized chunk of the party cadre.
Deepak Dhavalikar is that the president of the party and Pratap Fadte is that the general secretary.
MGPs first chief minister was the mine owner Dayanand Bandodkar, followed by his daughter, Shashikala Kakodkar, who ascended to power after her father died in office, approximately a decade after taking up power, in 1973.
Dayanand Bandodkar, the primary Chief Minister of Goa, Daman and Diu After Shashikala Kakodkar left MGP and joined Congress, Ramakant Khalap became leader of MGP in Goa Assembly and from just two seats under his charismatic leadership MGP won 18 seats within the subsequent elections. As recorded by the Supreme Court of India within the cases Dr. Kashinath Jalmi vs State of Goa and Ravi Naik V/s State of Goa at just one occasion MGP had clear majority of 25 MLAs within the 40-member Assembly of Goa, however by blatant misuse of his powers under the Anti Defection Law and Constitution of India, the then Governor of Goa didnt make Khalap Chief Minister of Goa.
MGPs plank was largely supported populism, and promising a far better deal to the Hindu economically deprived and socially oppressed sections in Goa. it had been initially related to a plank of merging Goa with the neighboring state of Maharashtra, a policy it subsequently backed faraway from when the 1967 poll held within the region voted against the merger. its also supported the utilization of the Marathi language; though some interpret its stand on language and merger as being partly a way of fighting caste issues and countering the domination of Goa by the normal Hindu and Catholic elites.
The BJP allied with the MGP within the elections of 1994, and made inroads into that partys vote-base, albeit it won only four seats therein election, and therefore the MGP got 10. Over the years, the MGP, which is symbolized by a lion and features a saffron flag, has been further eroded by the ascendent BJP.
Following an election within the early 2000s, the MGP were reduced to only one seat (out of a complete of 40 seats) within the Goa legislature , while the BJP made large gains.
In the Lok Sabha parliamentary elections of 2004, the party had launched candidates in both constituencies in Goa. They got 5377 and 2207 vote.