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Babush may quit Congress

In what appears to be another attempt of a Congress politician to blackmail the All India Congress Committee to heed to demands, Education Minister Atanasio (Babush) Monseratte said that he will quit the Congress party if he is denied a Congress ticket to contest from St Cruz – a constituency from which the current sitting MLA Victoria Fernandes plans to field her son Rudolf Fernandes from.

During the last election, Monserrate had rejected the Congress ticket after the Congress party denied a ticket to his wife.

Both Monserrate and his wife, Jennifer, have staked a claim for the Congress ticket in both Taleigao and St Cruz constituencies. Both have submitted application forms for Congress tickets.

“If Congress decides to adopt a policy of one ticket per family then my wife will contest the election on a Congress ticket from Taleigao,” said Monserrate.

He also said that if Congress gives him a ticket to contest from St Cruz, then he would contest the polls. “But if Congress denies me a ticket, then I will still be in the fray, but will contest on my parent party’s ticket (UGDP),” he said.

Monserrate, in 2002, first contested the assembly election on a UGDP ticket from Taleigao, before he joined the BJP, Congress, UGDP and now again, the Congress.


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