Panaji: The Goa state Legislative Assembly
on Tuesday witnessed noisy scenes forcing the Speaker to adjourn
the House till afternoon after Opposition benches demanded
sacking of controversial Education Minister Atanasio
Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar had given a notice
for adjournment motion to discuss the detention of Monserrate
at the Mumbai airport on Saturday for allegedly carrying
foreign and Indian currency beyond permissible limits on his
way to Dubai.
When the House proceedings began, Speaker of Legislative
Assembly Pratapsingh Rane refused to allow the adjournment
motion and instead called for the `Question Hour`.
He said the rule does not permit the adjournment motion.
Parrikar said if Speaker wants, he has powers to suspend
the Question Hour and take up the adjournment motion, which is
crucial to discuss the conduct of the controversial minister.
"Something wrong has happened in respect to the member of
the House. We are demanding the suspension of Question Hour,"
the BJP leader said.
As the din continued, Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat
stood up to spell corrections in the answers tabled during the
The Opposition benches, however, remained adamant over
their demand. "There is no meaning to those questions (raised
during Question Hour). The biggest question is whose money,
the minister was carrying," Parrikar said.
BJP legislator, Laxmikant Parsekar, who heads the party
organisation in the state, said the issue is significant as
for the last two days, there has been a debate on it all over.
"We demand that the minister step down. We can`t expect
this conduct from the Education Minister of a state," he said.
Amidst noisy scenes, Kamat stood up again to read out the
corrections, but Opposition benches rushed to the Well of the
House, following which the Speaker adjourned it till 2.30 pm.