Babush quitting GFP is on expected lines, says Vijai

Margao: Reacting to the former minister Atanasio Monserrate alias Babush quitting the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and joining the Congress party to contest the Panaji by-poll, GFP chief and Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai on Thursday said that it was on expected lines as he had shown his desire to contest the by-poll from Panaji.

Speaking to ‘The Navhind Times,’ Sardesai said that GFP is a party of principles. “When we are in an alliance, we cannot contest against the partners. He (Monserrate) wanted to contest the election so he quit the party. It was expected. I cannot comment on it further,’’ he said adding that the GFP is however not contesting the by-election.

It is learnt that on Wednesday Sardesai had held a meeting with party workers and asked them to support the BJP candidate since they are a part of the NDA and also as it would ensure continuing of the developmental works.

Asked why there was a delay in expressing its support to BJP and was there any kind of pressure on GFP to support the sitting MP in the ensuing Lok Sabha election, Sardesai retorted stating that GFP is not under pressure from anybody. “We are a part of NDA so we are supporting it,’’ he maintained.

Sardesai further said that to come under pressure, the GFP has not merged with anybody. “We are an independent entity and do not take pressure from anyone. We are a successful start-up political party. We are not sitting in BJP booths,’’ he fumed when asked whether he would address the BJP candidate’s meetings.