Quit as minister to face elections, BJP tells Vishwajit Rane

Last Updated: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 23:22

Panaji: Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday asked
state health minister Vishwajit Rane to quit the ministerial
berth before facing the by-elections.

Rane last month had resigned as a member of legislative
assembly to join the congress resulting in the by election in
Valpoi constituency.
"Vishwajit Rane should resign as minister and face the
elections as a common man. He should not misuse the government
machinery for his political agenda," said BJP`s Goa Unit Chief
Laxmikant Parsekar addressing press conference today.

Rane is locked into war of words with BJP over state
government-run district hospital which the minister wants to
hand over to a private agency over public private partnership.

BJP has opposed the semi privatisation of this hospital
located in Mapusa town.

Parsekar said the health minister was delaying the
inauguration of newly built hospital building as they want to
hand it over to a private party.
Parsekar said the health minister Rane was delaying the
inauguration of newly built hospital building as they want to
hand it over to a private party.

"The dilly-dallying over shifting of the hospital to new
premises is going on over last two years. The state government
had said the hospital will be shifted by July 2009," the BJP
Goa chief said.

BJP has said they will meet chief minister Digamber Kamat
on July 16 demanding immediate shifting of the hospital to new
premises.

"We have already issued ultimatum to health minister
asking him to start the hospital by August 15, failing which,
we will have to agitate against the government," Parsekar
said.

The Health minister on Wednesday had said the state
government is appointing the consultant to work out a joint
venture partner for running the hospital project.

Rane had snubbed BJP`s demand of immediate shifting of
the hospital as `politicisation of healthcare sector.`

PTI



First Published: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 23:22

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