Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate and Chandrakant Kavlekar
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New Delhi: The Goa BJP is up in arms over the induction of the 10 Congress MLAs, in particular the controversial Panaji MLA Atanasio ‘Babush’ Monserrate and former leader of the opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, into the party unit.

Leading the charge is Rajendra Arlekar, a former assembly speaker and minister in the previous Manohar Parrikar government. Arlekar is also among the founding members of the Goa BJP. He has said the BJP has all but finished the legacy of the former chief minister, the late Manohar Parrikar, by inducting “controversial and corrupt leaders such as Monserrate and Kavlekar”.

According to Arlekar, the BJP core committee was not consulted on the decision and that BJP president Amit Shah was “misled” by some people to allow the induction of the 10 MLAs without following any kind of decision-making process.

On Thursday, Manohar Parrikar’s son Utpal Parrikar had also slammed the decision, saying the BJP had finished his father’s legacy in the Goa politics with this.

Senior leaders in the Goa BJP are now pointing their fingers at the state’s organisational secretary Satish, accusing him of having played a big role in facilitating the defection of these Congress MLAs. According to them, large amounts of money were allegedly involved in this game of cross overs.

A couple of years ago, the RSS had transferred Satish from Goa due to several charges of corruption; he was asked to oversee organisational work in Thane, Maharashtra. He, however, recently returned as organisational secretary of the Goa BJP and it has fuelled serious resentment in the state unit.


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The furore over Monserrate

The Goa BJP is particularly perturbed by the induction of Babush Monserrate, a former minister.

Monserrate — who was once the mastermind behind the dethroning of Manohar Parrikar — is dubbed as the poster boy of Goa’s money and liquor-laden politics. He has several heinous cases against him and is facing trial for the alleged rape of a minor girl in 2016.

Monserrate has been charged under the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) for rape and wrongful restraint and even spent eight days in jail in the case. The survivor had alleged that Monserrate bought her for Rs 50 lakh, kept her in illegal confinement for several days and repeatedly raped her.

Monserrate was instrumental in the Congress snatching the Panaji seat from the BJP after 25 years when he defeated BJP’s Siddharth Kunkolienkar in the bypoll following Parrikar’s death in March. In fielding Kunkolienkar, the BJP high command had overlooked the claims of Parrikar’s son Utpal Parrikar.

The BJP had, in fact, run a high-voltage campaign during the May bypoll on the slogan ‘Save Goa from Babush’. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had then turned Monserrate “misdeeds” into a huge electoral issue, even saying that no girl in Goa would feel safe if Monserrate won.

Is Kavlekar a potential deputy CM?

There are also fears in the Goa BJP that Kavlekar, the former leader of the opposition, may be placated with a deputy chief minister post. Kavlekar is equally controversial in the state and has been tagged as the ‘Matka King’ as he is believed to be behind an illegal gambling empire that is spread throughout the Konkan region. In 2017, the Goa Police had confiscated illegal gambling coupons during a raid at his residence. The BJP itself had been accusing Kavlekar of indulging in land grab and illegally possessing properties in Kerala.

There is speculation now that Kavlekar will be sworn in as deputy chief minister in the new Cabinet. If this does go through, Goa will become the first state with three deputy CMs.

BJP sources, however, told ThePrint that the decision to induct the Congress MLAs is an attempt by the party to end its dependence on Vijay Sardesai’s Goa Forward Party, which has three legislators.

In the 40-member Goa assembly, the BJP had been running the government with only 17 MLAs of its own. With the induction of 10 of the 15 Congress MLAs, its strength has risen to 27. In this case, it will require no outside support and can easily complete its five-year tenure.


Also read: The big issue Goa parties always bet on to win power


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8 COMMENTS

  1. Before Commenting on the Goans – understand the DNA of the Goan Konkani

    They are only fit to clean camel shit in Saudia? dindooohindoo

    http://www.navhindtimes.in/goan-youth-trapped-in-saudi-desert-village-as-a-camel-herder/

    Even Goan Mimisters say that Goans are fit to clean toilets in UK

    https://m.economictimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/congress-leader-calls-goan-diaspora-toilet-cleaners-party-frowns-on-him/articleshow/65303191.cms
    https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/goans-who-work-abroad-become-toilet-cleaners-says-congress-leader-party-condemns/314614

    People Say Y ?

    Or is it the education system in the land of the Konkaneeev ?

    Sample the worth of these Konkani Ghatis – 100% failures ! It is a world record ! THIS IS NOT A ACADEMIC EXAM – IT IS A PROFESSIONAL JOB SELECTION EXAM !

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/all-10-000-applicants-fail-goa-govt-exam-for- accountant-posts/story-nSzn8flSU2xJrdWAxvjrVM.html

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/all-8-000-candidates-fail-exam-for-accountants-posts-in-goa- 1904276

    Even the GSPC Chairman is on record to state that Goans “lack in analytical reasoning, knowledge of scientific application and general knowledge including current affairs”

    o http://www.navhindtimes.in/goa-youth-lack-ability-to-reason-out-gpsc-chief/

    MATHS AND SCIENCES IS NOT FOR THE GOAN KONKANEEE GHATE – THEY FAIL EVEN IN GRADUATE COURSES – 80% FAIL RATE ·

    Even in the GU, the students dong post graduate courses in maths had a 75% failure rate

    o https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/75-of-goa-varsitys-math-students-failed-in-2015- 16/articleshow/57926691.cms

    They are only fit to pimp their women and daughters to Nigerians Let us pray they are bombed by ISIS or Qaeda or killed in Kashmir

  2. Eefore commenting – let us analyse the DNA of the Goan .dindooohidoo

    They are only fit to clean camel shit in Saudia?

    http://www.navhindtimes.in/goan-youth-trapped-in-saudi-desert-village-as-a-camel-herder/

    Or is it the education system in the land of the Konkaneee ?

    Sample the worth of these Konkani Ghatis – 100% failures ! It is a world record ! THIS IS NOT A ACADEMIC EXAM – IT IS A PROFESSIONAL JOB SELECTION EXAM !

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/all-10-000-applicants-fail-goa-govt-exam-for- accountant-posts/story-nSzn8flSU2xJrdWAxvjrVM.html

    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/all-8-000-candidates-fail-exam-for-accountants-posts-in-goa- 1904276

    Even the GSPC Chairman is on record to state that Goans “lack in analytical reasoning, knowledge of scientific application and general knowledge including current affairs”

    o http://www.navhindtimes.in/goa-youth-lack-ability-to-reason-out-gpsc-chief/

    MATHS AND SCIENCES IS NOT FOR THE GOAN KONKANEEE – THEY FAIL EVEN IN GRADUATE COURSES – 80% FAIL RATE ·

    Even in the GU, the students dong post graduate courses in maths had a 75% failure rate

    o https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/goa/75-of-goa-varsitys-math-students-failed-in-2015- 16/articleshow/57926691.cms

    They are only fit to pimp their women and daughters to Nigerians Let us pray they are bombed by ISIS or Qaeda or killed in Kashmir

  3. BJP boast and tall claims of being clean corruption free party is all bull crap. It is just another bunch of greedy opportunistic bunch of crooks

  4. Your report does not mention if any case of gambling has been registered against Kavelakar. That being the case how can he be called a matka king? Reckless writing backed by shoddy editing.

  5. How can statements by just two persons — an MLA who lost (Arlekar) and Parrikar’s son, who was not given a ticket for the Panaji by-elections constitute dissent? This is bias reporting.

  6. Viewed against this tapestry of morality, with what face will a bureaucrat thought to be of doubtful integrity be summarily dismissed from service, without following the normal procedure. In fact, each of these worthies will have their favourite babus, working with full protection.

  7. The author does not seem to have heard about AP. Andhra Pradesh has 5 deputy CMs. So, we are first, not Goa.

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