Babush ‘dream’ to reduce party strength will never come true: BJP


 Condemning the threat allegedly issued by the St Cruz MLA, Mr Atanasio Monserrate that he would seek a ‘revenge’ against the act of the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar of postponing the mayoral election of the Corporation of the City of Panaji that were scheduled on March 20,
the Bharatiya Janata Party said that all of its 21 legislators are united and the ‘dream’ of the St Cruz MLA to reduce the BJP strength in the legislative assembly to 15 will never be fulfilled.
The North Goa district president of the BJP, Mr Michael Lobo and his South Goa counterpart, Mr Subhash Phaldesai, addressing a press conference on Thursday evening at the party’s headquarters, said that the state BJP government has come to power with the support of the people and such a threat is not only an insult to all these people, but also smells of undemocratic conspiracy. “Mr Monserrate should however, understand that the days when Congress dislodged governments with the help of money and muscle power are long over, and he would never be able to repeat the 2005 incident, when Mr Parrikar’s government was illegally removed from power,” they said.
Mr Phaldesai maintained that the state Congress legislators, who are comparing the decision to postpone the CCP’s Mayoral election to an undemocratic act, should first think of their own act, wherein they exhibited totally undemocratic behaviour in front of the Speaker of the House on March 20. He further maintained that Mr Monserrate is well aware of the Rs 30 crore provisions made by the government for giving a facelift to the capital city, and is therefore desperate to gain power at the Corporation.
Mr Lobo said that at least four out of nine MLAs of the Congress party are standing outside the state BJP headquarters hoping to get an entry, and Mr Monserrate should be more concerned about retaining number of the Congress legislators. “We however, have no interest in any Congress MLA,” he further clarified, retorting that the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee could not even hold back its spokesperson, Mr Sudeep Tamhankar. [NT]