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Cong to file disqualification petition against Vishwajeet Rane

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The will file a disqualification against the party Vishwajeet Rane tomorrow for remaining absent during last week's floor test in the Legislative Assembly.

The absence of Rane (45) during the test on March 16 came as a huge embarrassment for the Congress, as Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar-led coalition proved its majority with the support of 22 legislators in the 40-member Assembly.

Rane, who represents Valpoi constituency, resigned on March 16 itself, blaming the managers for frittering away the opportunity to capture power despite emerging the single largest party in the polls with 17 seats, four more than

"would file a disqualification against immediately after Speaker's tomorrow," the Legislature Party (CLP) leader Chandrakant Kavlekar told reporters today.

He said the had issued a whip to all its members to vote against the motion moved by Parrikar.

"A breach of whip amounts to disqualification," the CLP leader said.

He said the disqualification against Rane should have been filed immediately after the violated the party whip, "but we could not understand what was happening and we did not expect him to take such drastic step."

Claiming a "strong case" for disqualifying Rane, Kavlekar said, "We had sought the advice of senior functionaries Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Singhvi."

He said a legal opinion was also sought in a bid to strengthen the case against Rane.

Parrikar won the crucial floor test after the succeeded in securing the number of legislators required for formation by enlisting the support of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), the Forward Party (GFP) and Independents, after the polls threw up a hung verdict.

Three MLAs each of the MGP and the GFP, besides three Independent legislators, are supporting the BJP-led coalition in the coastal state, while NCP's Churchill Alemao is providing outside support.

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First Published: Tue, March 21 2017. 14:57 IST