Babush quits GDA to support Kamat
Panaji, Aug 13: In a dramatic development, the beleagured Digambar Kamat government in Goa today received a shot in the arm when lone UGDP legislator Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate quit the Goa Democratic Alliance to extend 'unconditional support' to the Congress-led coalition government in the state.
''In keeping with the national trend, we in Goa should also unite to strengthen secular, democratic forces in the best interest of the state and my constituency Takeugai. I hereby withdraw my support to the GDA and pledge my unconditional support to the present government headed by Digambar Kamat,'' the UGDP legislator said.
Earlier, Mr Monserrate along with deputy speaker Mauvin Godhinho called on Governor S C Jamir at Raj Bhavan and submitted his letter of support to the Kamat government.
Welcoming the developoment, the Chief Minister said he had thanked Babush on the phone for extending unconditional support to his government.
''I welcome anybody who extends their support to my government which is for the 'aam aadmi','' he told mediapersons at his Altinho official residence, when asked whether any other legislators from the GDA camp were planning to follow in the footsteps of Babush.
Asked about the strength of his government in the wake of the dramatic development, he said, ''My strength will be known on the floor of the House.'' The GDA must have realised that there was no use staying in air-conditioned rooms in Delhi away from the people, who were suffering from the recent bout of rough cyclonic weather, the Chief Minister said.
''Nothing can be said in politics as to what happens today and tomorrow from day one. Ultimately, Goa takes care of us all. I am a man strongly grounded,'' he added.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister's residence has been a hub of activity ever since the UGDP pledged support to the Congress-led government.