Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) (MAG)
Abbreviation MGP, MAG
Leader Ramakant Khalap
Founder Dayanand Bandodkar
Founded 1963
Headquarters 18th June Road, Panaji- 403001 Goa
Student wing
Youth wing
Women’s wing
Labour wing
Ideology Populism
Political position Centre
ECI Status State Party
National convener
Seats in Lok Sabha – / 545
Seats in Rajya Sabha – / 245
Election symbol Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party
Email id
Official Website
Alliance National Democratic Alliance

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party Candidate List Leaders

In the early 1990s, the BJP was steadily gaining strength in national politics and was emerging as an alternative to the Indian National Congress (INC) at the Center. Hoping to end years of Congress rule in the state, the MGP entered into a pre-poll alliance with the BJP in Goa. Considering that the MGP drew its support from the Bahujan Samaj and the BJP’s demands for the demolition of the Babri Masjid, many believed that the electoral alliance would prove to be a tough competition to the ruling Congress as it would help consolidate the majority Hindu votes in its favor. The MGP contested 25 seats whereas the BJP fielded its candidates from 12 constituencies. However, in the state elections, the Congress emerged as the single largest party, yet again, winning 18 seats. The MGP received 12 whereas 4 BJP legislators were also elected.

The Congress formed a coalition government under the leadership of Pratapsinh Rane. However, in 1998, internal differences between the party leaders led to a split in the INC. Former CM Dr. Wilfred de Souza broke away with another 9 MLAs to form a new political party – the Goa Rajiv Congress which grabbed power, thanks to support extended by both, the MGP as well as the BJP. The government lasted for just 120 days and the INC seized power in November 1998, just a few months before the 1999 assembly polls.

Infrastructural developments in the state of Goa were completed 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 Chapora river in Mandrem in Goa. The Konkan Railway Corporation was built by the MGP, which led to the making of the Konkan Railways in the state of Goa. This not only brought enough revenue to the state treasury, but also increased employment in the state of Goa. This makes Goa excel in some basic Human Development Indicators, unlike in many bigger states like Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.