Dhavalikar pointed out that the number of MLAs keeping ideology aside and jumping ship has only increased over the years. “If you sit with a sheet, only Pratap Sing Rane (Congress MLA) and I am left,” he said.
Responding to the decision, Dhavalikar said, "MGP is a party of the people. At night, the chowkidars who have committed dacoity on MGP, have shocked the people of Goa. People of Goa are watching this. People will decide on the course of action."
Dhavalikar is the second Goa minister admitted in a Mumbai hospital — Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar is still recuperating after suffering a brain stroke. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is now handling the Power portfolio.