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HC junks Cong petition seeking Rane's disqualification

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The today dismissed a filed by the Congress, seeking disqualification of state Health Minister

Rane, who was elected on a ticket in this year's Assembly election, had resigned after taking oath as the and quit the party.

He joined the and was inducted into the Manohar Parrikar-led Cabinet. Subsequently, he won a by-from Valpoi with a whopping margin in August.

While the bench of the high today rejected the against him, the detailed order wasn't available immediately.

The said Rane should be disqualified from contesting under the anti-defection law, as he defied the party whip to vote against Parrikar government's motion after the

Rane had abstained from voting before resigning as a legislator.

Reacting to the ruling, Rane alleged that the main opposition party had filed the petition only to cover its own failures.

"I have complete faith in the legislature and the judiciary, I have a disqualification petition pending against me which is before the Speaker. I always believed in the judiciary," he said at a press conference.

He claimed that the was a "bankrupt party" which resorted to stunts like filing disqualification petitions to hide its own failures from the public.

He said many leaders in the state were under a cloud.

"Congress leaders in are today being investigated by various criminal (investigation) agencies and different types of police agenciesfor illegalities committed by them when in power," he claimed.

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First Published: Wed, October 11 2017. 19:42 IST