With Rahul refusing to intervene in Goa, Rane resigns from post and party

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Disappointed with the Congress party's handling of the post-poll scenario in Goa, MLA Vishwajith Rane submitted his resignation to the post of MLA as well as the primary membership of the Congress party. Rane who had openly criticised the Congress party for not making efforts to consolidate support in Goa had demanded that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi intervenes in the issue. He cited 'mismanagement by leadership' as the reason for his decision.

Vishwajith Rane

Speaking to the media on Thursday morning before the trust vote, Rane had alleged that senior leaders of the Congress had mismanaged the situation in Goa and Rahul should have intervened.

"It took two days for the Congress to choose our legislature party leader. Those in charge indulged in mismanagement. The Supreme Court also observed so. They are experienced people, but they did not know what to do, what steps to take to form the government. Parrikar came from Delhi and swiftly spoke to everyone concerned, got the numbers and formed the government," Rane had said. He had also stated that he and like-minded legislators would be forced to re-think their decision to continue in the Congress.

Just as he had stated, Rane refused to vote in support of his party in Thursday's floor test. He chose to be absent from the house when the trust vote was underway. Despite winning 17 seats in the Goa assembly polls, the Congress managed to get only 16 of its legislators to vote against Parrikar.

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