Quit as minister to face elections, BJP tells Vishwajit Rane
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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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