Maharashtra Swaraj Party

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Maharashtra Swaraj Party
LeaderGodfrey Pimenta
SpokespersonAlphi Dsouza
FoundedSeptember 2014
Election symbol
Nib with 7 rays

Maharashtra Swaraj Party (MSP) is a regional political party formed by the Christian community native to Mumbai (Bombay) city and the Greater Bombay Metropolitan Area, in the Konkan division of India.[1] The party's name draws inspiration from the phrase "Swaraj is my birthright", coined by a Bombay East Indian freedom fighter and Mumbai's first mayor of Indian origin, Joseph "Kaka" Baptista. Baptista was an associate and a confidant of Lokmanya Tilak who made the phrase popular.[2] The organisation, aimed at representing the East Indian community, was initiated by various local NGO's like Watchdog Foundation, Mobai Gaothan Panchayat, Bombay East Indian Association, Vakola Advanced Locality Management, Kalina Civic Forum& the Kolovery Welfare Association.[3] MSP plans expand to the rest of Maharashtra.

2014 Maharashtra Assembly Election

The party fielded five candidates from Mumbai's suburbs in the 13th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly election. Since the organisation is not registered as a political party, the candidates were fielded as independents.

Names of candidates announced by the party include:[4]


  1. "East Indian party to field 5 candidates from suburbs". The Times of India. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.
  2. "Kaka Baptista". East Indian Community. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  3. "MSP announces candidate list for assembly elections". I am in DNA of India. 23 September 2014. Archived from the original on 27 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. "East Indian candidates will break Congress' Christian vote in Mumbai". The Times of India. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2014.