Herald: Vishwajit Rane quits Congress
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Vishwajit Rane quits Congress

16 Mar 2017 12:48pm IST

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16 Mar 2017 12:48pm IST

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PANJIM: 

After skipping the crucial floor test on Thursday putting the Congress party to major embarrassment in the State Legislative Assembly, the MLA and son of veteran Congress leader Vishwajit Pratapsingh Rane resigned as legislator and from party’s membership, within three hours after taking oath as legislator. The Valpoi MLA will be re-contesting the election either as Independent or on BJP platform.

 

The Congress strength had reduced to 16 now. The party had won 17 of the 40 assembly seats and emerged as the single largest party. 

Upset with the party’s Central leadership after failing to form the government in the State despite having been emerged as the single largest party during the recent polls, Rane decided to put the party to major shame on the Floor of the House by remaining absent during the floor test- that saw Congress getting defeated against BJP-led coalition government by 22:16 votes. 

Before skipping the trust of vote motion, Rane had taken oath as an MLA in the 40-member state legislative assembly along with his 16 other colleagues. Post oath, he left the House not to return back. When the motion was called, the Congress legislators were seen look for Rane, who was out of their reach. 

“Vishwajit Rane has submitted me his resignation as MLA. I have accepted it,” pro-tem Speaker Siddharat Kuncolienkar told HERALD.

Congress legislative party (CLP) leader Chandrakant Kavalekar too confirmed Rane resignation from party membership.  “He submitted the resignation to the Congress office,” he said expressing complete shock over the development.  

The Valpoi MLA had written a letter to All India Congress committee (AICC) vice president Rahul Gandhi listing out his grievances against the party's indecisive functioning two days earlier and had threatened to resign if action was not taken. He had named AICC general secretary and Goa desk in-charge Digvijay Singh responsible for the party’s mess and failure to form the government, while demanding action against him.

The three-time Valpi MLA had won the February 4 election with 13,493 votes. His closest competitor was Satyavijay Naik of the BJP with 7815 votes.

Rane, contested as Independent his first assembly election in 2007, had extended his support to Congress party. He had then joined Congress by going for by-polls and was re-elected. He served as Minister for Health and Agriculture in the Digamber Kamat led cabinet from 2007-2012. 

Speaking to HERALD, former Minister said “I was not at all happy the way party was functioning. Right from failing to form the government to appointment of CLP leader, everything was just a joke”. 

“I do not expect anything from the Congress. The party has no future left in Goa. They have destroyed the trust of the people of Goa who voted them, reposed faith in them. Not just people, but also those MLAs who won the election with people support,” he stated. 

“I am fed up of this party. No decision yet on which platform will contest from. It could be independent or BJP. I am going back to my people to ask them,” he said.

Earlier he had slammed party leadership saying it is a ‘joke book’. “The Congress functions like a joke book. They spend whole day selected a CLP leader. Congress should have decided about post poll alliance on March 11 itself, when the results were out,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the CLP has express shock over the development. “We are shocked with his decision. Until in the morning, everything was going so well. He was very much party of the Congress legislative wing. He had extended his full support. We don’t know what went wrong,” Kavalekar said.

Apparently, Rane was furious with party high command over appointment of Kavalekar as CLP leader. Rane, who had projected his father Pratapsingh Rane as the next Congress chief minister during the poll campaign, was disheartened and anguished. 

Rane had earlier stated that there were more disillusioned MLAs in the party and they could resign as well. He however did not reveal who. Several MLAs have voiced their anger against the leadership.  

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