Goa: BJP demands sacking of Monserrate

The BJP demanded that Goa Education Minister Monserrate be dropped from the state cabinet, saying it will not allow the Assembly to function till it happens.

Updated: Apr 02, 2011, 16:55 PM IST

Panaji: The BJP on Saturday demanded that Goa
Education Minister Monserrate be dropped from the state
cabinet, saying it will not allow the Assembly to function
till it happens.

The minister was detained at the Mumbai airport this
morning for reportedly carrying USD 10 million and Indian
currency worth Rs 25 lakh.

Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar said the party is
determined not to allow the Assembly to function till the
minister is immediately sacked. The BJP has also called for an
emergency legislature wing meeting on Sunday to decide its
future course of action in the matter.

"We have been exposing how state ministers are involved
in corrupt practises," BJP legislature wing spokesman Damodar
Naik said. Also, we are charting out our future course of
action, he said.

Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on the other hand said they
are `waiting and watching` the situation at this juncture.

"Let`s wait before we jump to the conclusion. If the
minister has really done something wrong, then we will take
the action," Kamat said.

The former UGDP (United Goan Democratic Party) leader
recently joined the Congress and represents Taleigao
constituency next to Panaji.

Goa Pradesh Congress Committee President Subhash
Shirodkar, however refrained from commenting on the issue.
"I am not in a position to comment on this right now.

Because I do not know what exactly happened," he said.

Monserrate, who was inducted into the cabinet in
2008, has more than 14 criminal cases filed against him
including a case for attacking Panaji police station in 2009.

PTI