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Cong to approach speaker against its whip-defying ex-MLA

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The today said it would seek disqualification of its former Vishwajeet Rane from contesting elections for defying its whip to vote against the motion brought by CM last week.

The absence of Rane, 45 during the majority test of the BJP-led on the floor of the assembly on March 16 came as a huge embarrassment for the

Rane, who resigned as an shortly after Parrikar sailed through the vote, had said he would seek re-elections from the seat he vacated.

The Congress Legislature Party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar told reporters the party would approach the assembly speaker soon after his tomorrow to seek a ban on Rane from contesting the elections for the next year six years under the Article 191 of the Constitution, but did not explain how the legal provision would serve the party's end.

"The Congress would file a disqualification against Rane immediately after the of the assembly speaker tomorrow," said Kavlekar.

"We will seek his disqualification from contesting the for the next six years under the relevant legal and Constitutional provisions," he said.

The Congress had issued a whip to all its 17 members to vote against the motion moved by Parrikar, he said.

"A breach of whip amounts to disqualification," he said.

The against Rane should have been filed soon after after he violated the whip, "but we could not understand what was happening and we did not expect him to take such a drastic step," Kavlekar said.

"We had sought the advice of senior Congress functionaries Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Singhvi," he said.

Parrikar won the floor test after the succeeded in securing the number of legislators required for the 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. 17:23 IST