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Did Congress slip up again?

Panaji: After losing out in the race to form the government, did Congress slip up again in it sbid to disqualify Vishwajit Rane?
Congress’ former Valpoi MLA Vishwajit Rane played truant during the floor test by absenting himself from the floor of the House, leading to Congress falling one less in the count than its strength in the Assembly. Due to his absence, CLP leader Chandrakant (Babu) Kavalekar said the party has resolved to file a disqualification petition against Rane pending an explanation from him.
Kavlekar also said that Rane had signed the whip circulated by the party before the floor test. However, within a couple of hours of the floor test, Rane submitted his resignation to Protem Speaker Siddharth Kunkoliencar, which was accepted at 3.05 pm.
Congress leader Ramakant Khalap said the party will file a disqualification petition against Rane as he had insulted the party.
Inquiries by Herald, however, reveal that the Congress does not have much of a case as the whip was not registered by the party.
“The Congress never registered the whip with the Speaker which is mandatory before the floor test begins,” said Francis D’Souza, minister in the Parrikar cabinet. He said the Speaker has to be informed with a list of members who will vote in favour of the party.
When contacted, Kuncoliencar said he had received no whip. “I checked the register even after the floor test there was nothing in this regard and then I sealed it ,” Kuncoliencar said adding, “Registering the whip with the Speaker is compulsory.”
However, Khalap begs to differ saying, “Whip is an internal party matter and need not necessarily be registered with the Speaker.”
Rane, son of five-time CM Pratapsingh Rane was angry with party AICC Goa in-charge Digvijay Singh for failing to form a government in Goa even after emerging as the single largest party. “The kind of blunder he along with other Congress leaders did, cost the party its government (in Goa) despite having a majority,” Rane said. “I don’t know whether Digvijay really wanted to form a Congress government in Goa. Looking at his actions, it did not seem like (he did),” he added. [H]

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