Former Goa chief minister Pratapsingh Rane today said he would step down as an MLA if allegations that he had sought and accepted bribe to clear a file for mining activity, are proved against him during probe.
Goa Assembly Speaker Rajendra Arlekar on Tuesday said he will call a meeting of Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and senior bureaucrats, after Opposition expressed apprehensions over replies on some issues tabled in the House.
Even as Congress is mulling a multi-prong strategy to "expose" the BJP-led Goa government, the Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane on Monday termed Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar as a "nice person" and asked him to go ahead with notifying the Land Use Plan.
The Special Investigation Team of Goa Police has booked former Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane and his legislator son for allegedly accepting a Rs 6 crore bribe to facilitate the clearance of a mining lease.
A retired senior bureaucrat has alleged former Goa Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane used "fake documents" to push for statehood to the then Union Territory way back in 1987, a charged rubbished by the latter.
The Congress high command began a troubleshooting exercise ahead of the Goa state legislative assembly session Wednesday due to strong differences which have cropped up in Congress Legislative Party over the number of questions allowed to be tabled on the floor of the House.
Leader of Opposition in Goa Assembly Pratapsingh Rane today demanded on the floor of the House that the money collected from the mining workers in the form of a cess should be ploughed back in the state.
Leader of Opposition in Goa Assembly Pratapsingh Rane today cautioned the state government of facing "West Bengal-like financial crisis" considering the escalating borrowings from the open market at higher rates.