OPINION: Whose father, what goes?

Not only did he announce that he would contest from Poriem, but he also belittled the former chief minister’s 50-years glorious career and achievements, saying he worked for his father’s victories in the last 20 years, and because of him, father got elected.
One fails to understand why Vishwajit wants to contest Poriem when he has a safe seat in Valpoi? It can only be termed more hunger for power.
He now plans to field his wife Divya from Valpoi and himself from Poriem so that he could bargain for a good deal from BJP post elections with two seats.
He had started making the preparations long back, and if one goes by the GMC recruitment scam, the premier Goan hospital becomes the hub of Sattarikars with 80 p.c of staff from one taluka.
SURAJ NANDREKAR
Editor, Goemkarponn

The recent family son fight over the Poriem seat is less than a political drama.
Soon after his father, Pratapsingh Rane, announced he would contest the Poriem seat on Congress ticket, son Vishwajit Rane reacted that his father should retire gracefully after being in the State Assembly for 50 years.
Vishwajit, or the Prince of Sattari, now wants to dethrone the Sattari king (Pratapsingh Rane) and take over the reins.
Not only did he announce that he would contest from Poriem, but he also belittled the former chief minister’s 50-years glorious career and achievements, saying he worked for his father’s victories in the last 20 years, and because of him, father got elected.
One fails to understand why Vishwajit wants to contest Poriem when he has a safe seat in Valpoi? It can only be termed more hunger for power.
He now plans to field his wife Divya from Valpoi and himself from Poriem so that he could bargain for a good deal from BJP post elections with two seats.
He had started making the preparations long back, and if one goes by the GMC recruitment scam, the premier Goan hospital becomes the hub of Sattarikars with 80 p.c of staff from one taluka.
This is all done with an eye on the 2022 elections.
But the question is whether both father and son would contest against each other? or is it just theatrics for people’s consumption?
For almost five decades now, the Rane’s have been ruling the Sattari taluka, at least Poriem and Valpoi, but the constituency still lags behind in development.
Despite this, one wonders how the people continue to vote the same people over and over again?
We have seen the condition of the people during the monsoon fury this year wherein houses collapsed, no water, no food, no roads, no power.
Not just that, even those who have been given the government jobs have to work as his slaves. Any dissent and they are transferred to faraway places like Canancona, where life becomes miserable for them travelling to and fro.
Don’t the people of Sattari feel they have to see beyond the Rane’s? Or do they just feel satisfied with the government jobs given to the people of the taluka?
How can the people forget that it was Vishwajit Rane, who wanted the IIT Goa to come up at Guleli? Instead of 10 lakh square meters, he offered 13 lakhs sq meters to the institution. However, soon after the violent protests and agitations, he realised the situation was getting out of control with people from all over his constituency extending support to the agitation; he switched sides and started demanding to scrap the project.
Not just the Poriem and Valpoi seats, Rane also wants his say in Mayem and Bicholim seats. Of Course, he wants the Sanquelim seat and is working for Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant’s downfall so that he has a clear aim at the CM’s chair. That’s his ultimate aim. He knows once Sawant falls, his number comes next as the chief minister.

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