Goa min quits post, House, before getting into cabinet again
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 18:14
  
Panaji: Independent Goa MLA and Minister Vishwajit Rane today resigned from the cabinet and the state Assembly to join the Congress party hours before being re-inducted into the government.

Rane, a first-term MLA and health minister in the Digamber Kamat government, quit both from the House and the cabinet before being sworn in again as a minister by Governor S S Sidhu at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan.

Rane, son of veteran Congress leader and state Assembly Speaker Pratapsinh Rane, can continue as minister for six months without getting elected to the state legislature. He represented Valpoi in the 40-member House.

He had contested and won the 2007 Assembly elections as an independent after being denied Congress nomination.

Earlier, he joined the Congress in the presence of state party President Subhash Shirodkar and Kamat.

Describing his joining the Congress party as "homecoming", Rane said he was always a Congressman at heart.

"I was always a Congressman. I contested the last polls as an independent as I was denied party ticket. Now I have returned to the Congress to give stability to the present government," he told reporters after taking oath as Minister.

Earlier this week, UGDP legislator Atanasio Babush Monserratte had joined the Congress.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, June 24, 2010, 18:14


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