Sunday, April 11, 2021
Home News Reports The statement by Digvijay Singh that cost Congress one MLA in Goa

The statement by Digvijay Singh that cost Congress one MLA in Goa

The Goa Congress, led by their central leader Digvijay Singh, made a hue and cry over the formation of the BJP led Government in Goa. They even went to the Supreme Court to stall the process but in turn were rapped hard by the apex court. The Court advanced the date of the trust vote, thereby leaving Congress with little time to convince regional parties to jump ship.

The trust vote took place yesterday and the BJP led Government won by 22 votes to 16 votes, in a 40 member assembly. One vote belonged to the speaker, which would take the BJP’s tally to 23. Still, one vote was missing. The Congress which had 17 elected MLAs, could manage only 16 votes, because at the last moment, in spite of signing the party whip, MLA Vishwajeet Rane disappeared.

Congress Legislative Party leader Chandrakant Kavlekar tried to put up a brave face, but ended up making a mockery of things:

Later it was reported that Rane had quit the party. The larger reason for Rane quitting the party is obviously the fact that the Congress, despite being the single largest party, could not cobble up a Government. He had earlier blamed the central leaders like Digvijay Singh for this failure of the Congress party.

But if one were to see his statements as reported by the local press today, one may find out the exact straw which broke the camel’s back. According to reports in local media, Vishwajeet Rane claims to have taken the decision to abstain from voting because of a particular statement by Digvijay Singh:

With dissent in the party increasing prior to the trust vote, Digvijay Singh, instead of being on the back-foot and placating ruffled feathers, had stated that Viswajeet Rane had met up with Parrikar over coffee, and hence he was speaking against the party. Rane claims, this statement hurt him, which is why he chose to abstain from voting, defying the party whip. This action made him eligible for disqualification, but since he himself resigned, any proceedings against him will be irrelevant.

Whether Rane met up with Parrikar is open to discussion, but this episode brings to fore the utter mismanagement of Digvijay Singh. At a time when his party is low on morale, has been out-foxed by the BJP, and is rumoured to be heading for a split, instead of consolidating the divided opinions, Digvijay chose to further increase the animosity. A leader is expected to maturely respond to his own MLAs who are unhappy, instead Singh chose to slug it out in public.

Further, Rane is no ordinary turn-coat Congress MLA. He is a former Congress Minister and most importantly son of a the senior most Congress MLA and former CM Pratapsingh Rane. Alleging that such a staunchly Congress leader, is hand in glove with the BJP, was a very petulant statement by Digvijay. That too when the MLA had not yet quit.

The result is there for all to see. In a huge embarrassment to the Congress, far from luring others to join them, the Goa Congress could not even manage to keep its own flock intact. The Congress is now down to 16 MLAs and if rumours are to be believed, the exodus has just begun.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Why Mamata Banerjee should take entire moral responsibility for the violence in Cooch Behar

The way the Bengal election has unfolded, Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee clearly feels like she is in a corner

Lockdowns, ‘Covidiots’ and ‘Responsible’ Citizens

We know of the recent surge in COVID cases all over India, but the simultaneous surge in ‘responsible’ citizens appalled by the irresponsibility of ‘Covidiots’

Shambhu priest death case: Protestor dead in police action, shops on temple land to remain sealed and finally Rajasthan govt agreeing to order probe

A probe has been initiated by Rajasthan government after 10-day agitation led by BJP leader Kirodi Lal Meena

Hindu activists in Kerala object to Muslim League flags outside Temple, stop movie shoot, arrested: Read details

One of the scenes showed a girl dressed in traditional Hindu attire exiting the temple and being attracted to a man of a different religion (Islam).

Rahul Gandhi decides to campaign in West Bengal, but in one constituency, only hours before ‘silence period’ kicks in: How it might impact Congress

Congress Scion Rahul Gandhi will be visiting West Bengal on April 14 in the hopes to turn around his party's political fortunes.

Farmer Protest supporters demand release of multiple-murder accused Jagtar Singh Johal, use a special ‘Toolkit’ to ‘#FreeJaggiNow’

Supporters of Jagtar Singh Johal are using Farmers Protests for their own agenda demanding release of the multiple murder accused

Recently Popular

USA: Police officers show up at Twitter user’s home for criticising Congresswoman AOC on social media, her spokesperson denies involvement

Two policemen visited the home of an American citizen for tweeting against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC).

Maharashtra Congress leader slams Aaditya Thackeray for clearing Rs 3,693 crores to renovate bungalows of Shiv Sena corporators

Janardan Chandurkar requested governor to intervene after Aaditya Thackeray allotted Rs3,693 crores to Shiv Sena corporators

Watch: Arnab Goswami’s special message for Barkha Dutt after Sachin Vaze lands in Taloja Jail

Without explicitly naming Barkha Dutt, Arnab Goswami slammed the journalist for celebrating his unlawful arrest.

Prashant Kishor says internal survey shows BJP win, hails PM Modi, admits TMC’s Muslim appeasement politics: Here is everything he said on Clubhouse

"Major problem that we have to accept is that there have been efforts for the last 20 years to appease the minorities," said Prashant Kishor

Lutyens journalist speaking ‘truth to the power’ by discussing Mamata Banerjee’s toilet routine

An embarrassed Prashant Kishor jokingly asked the Lutyens journalist, "Am I expected to answer this also?"

Massive win for Arnab Goswami as Mumbai Police terminates all chapter proceedings against Republic media network: Read details

Republic TV has announced that all chapter proceedings initiated by the Mumbai Police have bow been terminated.
- Advertisement -

 

Connect with us

254,077FansLike
528,525FollowersFollow
24,200SubscribersSubscribe