The Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party stalled the afternoon session of the Goa Legislative Assembly on Tuesday thereby paralyzing the proceedings for the entire day over the issue of Education Minister Babush Monserrate attempting to carry more than permissible foreign currency abroad.
As soon as the house assembled after lunch on Tuesday, the BJP legislators led by Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar were up on their feet demanding an adjournment of the slated business to discuss the Babush episode.
Even though Chief Minister Digambar Kamat was ready to give an explanation, the opposition prevented him and demanded that a person not respecting the laws of the land should not be a member of the council of ministers.
Meanwhile, sources in the Congress Party revealed that notwithstanding the bravado displayed by the party legislators, the party has taken a serious note of the unsavoury development and Babush is expected to put in his papers later in the day to save the party further embarrassment.
Local Congress leaders including legislators and ministers are not quite happy with the turn of events and agree with the Opposition that Babush should be dropped from the council of ministers if he does not voluntarily resign as it is tarnishing the party image which it can hardly afford particularly since the general elections are fast approaching.
However, the local leadership is awaiting a signal from the Congress High Command. Incidentally, Congress President Sonia Gandhi is already apprised of this development by a senior Congress minister who has an axe to grind with Babush.