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BJP wants Rane govt dismissed

Sandesh Prabhudesai in Panaji | March 04, 2005 16:27 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday demanded the dismissal of the Pratapsinh Rane government in Goa.

The Rane-led Congress government earlier in the day won a confidence vote 17-16, with Speaker Francisco Sardinha casting his vote after there was a tie.

Also see: Rane govt wins confidence vote in Goa

Senior BJP leader and former chief minister Manohar Parrikar rushed soon after the confidence vote to Raj Bhavan to meet Governor S C Jamir.

"The governor dismissed my government under similar circumstances on February 2. He must act in a similar manner now," Parrikar said.

Parrikar said Speaker Francisco Sardinha misused his position by restraining United Goans Democratic Party MLA Mathany Saldhana from voting.

The protem speaker, he said, had no right to conduct any business other than the trust vote.

The Parrikar government wa dismissed just hours after it won a confidence vote amidst confusion and chaos over the disqualification of independent MLA, Philip Neri Rodrigues.

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