Education Minister Babush Monserrate and MLA Victoria Fernandes buried the hatchet to prove that in politics there are no permanent enemies or friends but only permanent interest as this coming together is admittedly a run up to the Assembly elections scheduled to be held a litter over a year later.
It may be recalled that at the last assembly elections, Victoria and Babush had a bitter rivalry as the latter’s wife Jennifer contested against Victoria giving her sleepless nights till she managed to scrap through and retain her seat.
In fact, Babush even quit the Congress at the eleventh hour as the party refused to field his wife as a candidate in St. Cruz constituency and joined the UGDP that had sponsored him and his wife as candidates in Taleigao and St. Cruz respectively.
Since them much water has flowed down the Mandovi that passes through the constituencies and also Panjim which is now being eyed by Babush.
Known for his Machiavellian ways and even maverick behavior at times, it is now clear that Babush plans to contest from Panjim assembly constituency taking on Manohar Parrikar who will be seeking a fourth term from this constituency.
With Babush shifting to Panjim, the Taleigao constituency which for Babush is his personal borough, will be open for his wife to contest from while Victoria’s son will be the candidate from St. Cruz constituency.
Since Ribandar which hitherto has been part of the St. Cruz constituency has now been added to Panjim, it is necessary to rope in Victoria’s support for Babush and with his wife contesting from Taleigao, St. Cruz is kept open for Victoria who has already announced her retirement from politics and made it obvious that her son Rudolfo will succeed her.
That Babush is seriously eyeing the Panjim constituency was evident when he announced his panel for the City Corporation of Panjim elections, even before the official notification was published.
In fact, Babush has admitted that he proposes to contest from Panjim and argued that the Congress does not have a candidate for that constituency.