BJP seeks dismissal of Goa Education Minister

The BJP has sought dismissal of Goa Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate from the cabinet after he was detained with unaccounted money at the Mumbai airport.

Updated: Apr 03, 2011, 21:37 PM IST

Panaji: The BJP has sought dismissal of Goa Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate from the cabinet after he was detained with unaccounted money at the Mumbai airport.

Speaking at a press conference, BJP Goa unit chief Laxmikant Parsekar said that the party would adopt all democratic means to ensure that Monserrate is dropped from the cabinet.

"We will not allow such a tainted minister to continue running our government," he said.

Parsekar said that they have sought appointment with the Governor Dr SS Sidhu on Tuesday to seek his intervention in sacking Monserrate from the state cabinet.

"We expect that the Governor will execute his powers and ask Chief Minister to sack Monserrate," he said.

The Congress minister was detained at Mumbai airport on Saturday on his way to Dubai for carrying unaccounted money in foreign currencies.

The BJP leader also wondered as to why the state Chief Minister Digambar Kamat was silent on the issue.

He demanded that the Chief Minister should make a statement as to how many ministers went abroad and whether they had taken permission from the Ministry of External Affairs for the same.

Parsekar also said that they are planning to move an adjournment motion on Tuesday when State Legislative Assembly will discuss state budget.

Monserrate, however, has argued that he could account for the money that was found on him.

PTI