Ex Cong Goa MLA Rane joins BJP

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Apr 2017 12:41:26


PANAJI,

Apr 6,

(PTI),

FORMER Goa Congress MLA Vishwajit Rane, who had defied the party whip to vote against the trust motion of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar last month,on Thursday formally joined the BJP. Rane, who was elected from Valpoi constituency,had resigned from the Congress and also quit as MLA after absenting himself from the House when Parrikar sought the crucial trust vote, in protest against the Congress’‘failure’ to form Government despite winning maximum 17 seats in the 40-member House. Parrikar had eventually won the trust votewith the support of three members each of the Maharashtravadi Gomantak Party (MGP), the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three Independents, besides 12 MLAs of the BJP, against 16 MLAs from Congress, as Rane had remained absent during the voting. Rane (46), son of veteran Congress leader and former Chief Minister Pratap sinh Rane,joined the saffron party in the presence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and the Goa unit BJP President Vinay Tendulkar, at a function held at the BJP headquarters in Panaji. Hundreds of his supporters travelled from Valpoi to witness the cross over. Welcoming him in the saffron fold,Parrikar said,“Theconstant infightings and restlessness in the Congress party resulted in Rane quitting it.There are several other Congressmen who are willing to join the BJP due to infighting.” The CM, however, remained non-committal on future assignment for Rane, especially his inductionas a minister. Notably, the BJP’s Goa Legislature Party had recently resolved to induct him in the Cabinet.