BJP supporters unhappy about party inducting Congress MLAs

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12 Jul 2019

Rape accused Goa lawmaker among 10 MLAs to join BJP

As Congress continues to flail following the resignation of party president Rahul Gandhi, 10 Goa MLAs deserted the party on Wednesday to join the rival BJP in a major setback.

While the BJP pats itself on the back as it now holds 27 seats out of 40 in the Goa Assembly, many aren't happy about Panaji MLA Atanasio 'Babush' Monserrate, a rape-accused, joining BJP.

Crime

Monserrate allegedly raped minor he 'bought' for Rs. 50L

Monserrate allegedly raped minor he 'bought' for Rs. 50L

Notably, Monserrate currently faces trial for the rape of a minor in 2016.

In her police statement, the girl claimed that she was 'bought' by Monserrate for Rs. 50 lakh from her family.

The girl alleged that the MLA held her in captivity for many days, and drugged and raped her repeatedly.

Party with a difference, Modiji?

14 cases of cognizable offenses against Monserrate: Report

An Economic Times report states that Monserrate had 14 cases of cognizable offenses, including extortion, assault on police, issuing false certificates of education, and a case in the mid-1980s involving illegally cutting teakwood. His son was also arrested for a minor's rape but acquitted later.

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Case

Monserrate's plea to have charges dropped rejected; will face trial

Meanwhile, denying the allegations against him, Monserrate had earlier surrendered before the police and spent eight days in jail.

He was granted bail due to lack of credibility in the charges against him.

He later filed a plea in the North Goa District and Sessions Court to have the charges against him dropped, which was rejected in June. The case will now go to trial.

He was elected Panaji MLA in recent Goa Assembly bypolls

To note, Monserrate was elected MLA from the Panaji constituency in the Goa assembly bypolls held in May after the death of former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. He earlier represented the Santa Cruz constituency but was sacked from the Congress for hobnobbing with the BJP.

Backlash

BJP supporters wonder if party has become 'new Congress'

BJP supporters wonder if party has become 'new Congress'

Since the induction of the 10 Congress MLAs into the BJP, the party's supporters have raised questions about BJP's new strategy.

"Goa is Congress-mukt, but BJP has become the new Congress?" asked Parrikar's former OSD in his op-ed.

In a series of tweets, famous right-wing columnist and ardent BJP supporter Shefali Vaidya criticized the party, calling them a "sell-out" for "inducting thugs and rapists".

Here is one of Vaidya's tweets

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Who is Atanasio Monserrate?

Asked 2019-07-12 12:02:07 by Ankita Powar

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Atanasio Monserrate is an MLA representing the Panaji constituency in the Goa assembly. He was elected on a Congress ticket but recently deserted the party to join BJP.

What are the cases against Atanasio Monserrate?

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Atanasio Monserrate has been accused of rape of a minor. He will face trial in the case. Reportedly, he also has 14 cases of cognisable offences, including extortion, assault on police, issuing false certificates of education, and a case in the mid-1980s involving illegally cutting teakwood.

When did 10 Congress MLAs in Goa switch to BJP?

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10 Goa MLAs deserted the Congress party to join the rival BJP on Wednesday.

Why are BJP supporters criticizing the move?

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BJP supporters are criticizing the inducted of Congress MLAs into the party since many of the MLAs had previously deemed the former party "communal" and do not align with the party's ideology. One, Atanasio Monserrate, also faces trial in a case of a minor's rape.

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