1. Congress would be wiped out under Rahul Gandhi: Vishwajit Rane

Congress would be wiped out under Rahul Gandhi: Vishwajit Rane

Rane's comments came a day after the Congress filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking to restrain him from contesting the upcoming by-election.

By: | Panaji | Published: May 13, 2017 3:47 PM
Goa minister, Vishwajit Rane, Congress after the Assembly polls, Rahul Gandhi, 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Bombay High Court, congress, upcoming by-election Goa minister who parted ways with the Congress after the Assembly polls, today claimed that the party would be wiped out under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. (Reuters)

Goa minister Vishwajit Rane, who parted ways with the Congress after the Assembly polls, today claimed that the party would be wiped out under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi during the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Rane’s comments came a day after the Congress filed a petition in the Bombay High Court seeking to restrain him from contesting the upcoming by-election. Rane, who holds the health portfolio, had contested the Goa Assembly polls in February this year on a Congress ticket. He later resigned from the post of MLA on March 16 to join the BJP and was inducted in the state cabinet. “Nobody is interested in the Congress especially with failed leadership like that of Rahul Gandhi. The party will be white-washed in 2019,” Rane told reporters here today. Talking about the petition filed against him, Rane said he had not defected but resigned as Member of Legislative Assembly and would be facing a fresh mandate from the people.

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Rane said the Congress, which has now been left “irrelevant” after it failed to form government, was “trying to grab headlines” by speaking against him. The minister rubbished rumours about the instability of the Manohar Parrikar-led government. “The government is stable and we all are working unitedly for the welfare of the people. Parrikar is firm in saddle,” he said. He said the Congress has lost its relevance in politics and was trying to make statements to defend itself under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi who was not available to any of us (then Congress MLAs) for talks after the party got 17 seats in Goa elections. “His (Gandhi’s) number was not reachable and that is the state of affairs of the Congress party for which he is responsible,” he said.

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    Rathna LK
    May 13, 2017 at 4:19 pm
    We all have witnessed achedin under the leadership of Smt Soniaji and Shri Rahulji in 2004 & 2009 .. It was the anti-in bency that had its impact in 2014 elections..It can happen to any party.And our people also became impatient..They want things happen in no time..anyway.That's the power of democracy..And Smt Soniaji and Shri Rahulji,inspite of the result in 2014 election,have been working to keep the morale of the cadre and leaders of the party intact.And three years went off..Everybody is looking to 2019..We are all going to see achedin in 2019..under the leadership of Smt Soniaji and Shri Rahulji..
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