Pratapsingh Rane

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Pratapsingh Raoji Rane प्रतापसिंग रावजी राणे
3rd Chief Minister of Goa
In office
7 June 2005 – 8 June 2007
Governor S. C. Jamir
Preceded by President's rule
Succeeded by Digambar Kamat
In office
2 February 2005 – 4 March 2005
Governor S. C. Jamir
Preceded by Manohar Parrikar
Succeeded by President's rule
In office
16 December 1994 – 29 July 1998
Governor Gopala Ramanujam
Romesh Bhandari
P.C. Alexander
T. R. Satish Chandran
J. F. R. Jacob
Preceded by Wilfred de Souza
Succeeded by Wilfred de Souza
In office
16 January 1980 – 27 March 1990
Governor P. S. Gill
Jagmohan
I H Latif
K. T. Satarawala
Gopal Singh
Khurshed Alam Khan
Preceded by President's rule
Succeeded by Churchill Alemao
Personal details
Born (1939-01-28) January 28, 1939 (age 78)
Sanquelim, Portuguese Goa
Political party Indian National Congress
Residence Sanquelim, Goa

Pratapsingh Raoji Rane (born January 28, 1939) is an Indian politician from the state of Goa, currently serving as the Leader Of Opposition in the Goa state assembly. He has served as the Chief Minister of Goa six times - from 1980 to 1985, 1985 to 1989, for three months in 1990, from 1994 to 1999, a month in 2005 and finally in 2005–07.

Rane has been a member of the Indian National Congress since the mid-1970s, and was earlier a prominent figure in the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party. In the MGP, he was minister for law and also held other portfolios, in the term beginning 1972.

Early life[edit]

Rane completed his primary education in SSPMS Boarding school, Pune and later got his BBA degree in the United States. He comes from the prominent Maratha family of the Ranes that dominated politics out of their home in the north eastern pocket of Sattari in Goa. They have had a set of revolts and peace treaties with the Portuguese while the latter were ruling Goa. The family traces their roots to the Rane clan of Marathas.

He dominated politics in Goa for the entire decade of the 1980s, and for part of the 1990s. His achievements include the launching of the Kadamba Transport Corporation government-run bus transport system in Goa which had a poor transportation system, which could still do with further improvements. He started Schools and Colleges in rural areas.

During his tenure as a Chief Minister, and also the Goa University was established. He built a network of all weather roads connecting villages and Towns in Goa. Number of Industrial Estates and Industrial Training Institutes were stated during his tenure which helped Goa to industrialise.

He undertook to build small and big Irrigation Projects in various parts of Goa. He is also a founder member of the International Centre Goa and a founder member of Goa Institute of Management, a premier Management Institute in India.

Political career[edit]

In the 1980s, dissidents within the ruling Congress party sought to dislodge Rane from power, by appealing to New Delhi mostly unsuccessfully. Some of his later tenures in power earned criticism allegedly because of growing corruption during his regime. He was leader of the Opposition while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ruled Goa from the late-1990s until early 2005. His critics, like the then editor of the local Goa newspaper Herald or O Heraldo, Rajan Narayan criticised Rane for not doing enough as the leader of the Opposition.

Ironically, Rane became chief minister after the Congress's first-ever win in Goa in 1980 mainly as a "consensus candidate", after a bitter battle for the top political slot between the then two Congress heavyweights, Dr Wilfred de Souza and Anant Narcinva Naik, also known as Babu Naik. Naik was subsequently largely marginalised in state politics, while Souza served under Rane in some of his Cabinets.

After 5 years of BJP rule, Rane began his fifth term as chief minister in February 2005 after the government fell due to a split in the Goa BJP. A month later, however, the state was put under president’s rule for three months. Rane then served as chief minister for the sixth time, for two years until the June 2007 state elections. Though the Congress Party and its allies won a comfortable majority, Rane was forced to step aside as chief minister due to infighting within the state Congress party, and was forced to step aside in favor of a neutral candidate, Digambar Kamat. Rane was, however, elected speaker of the state assembly when it reconvened a few days later. [1]

Personal[edit]

By profession, Rane is an agriculturist. He is married. He enjoys reading and watching Marathi Drama and also enjoys English Theatre and Western and Indian Classical Music. He loves playing the Piano.

Controversy[edit]

After the BJP attempted a "show of strength" to take over the Goa house, they were stifled by Rane. The BJP accused Rane of acting in a partisan manner to protect the Congress led government.[1]

He has also been accused by businessman Bhalchandra Naik for demanding Rs 10 Crore for being granted Environmental clearance for a mine, of which Rs 6 Crore had been paid to his son Vishwajit Rane, MLA from Valpoi.

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Preceded by
Pratapsinh Rane
Chief Minister of Goa
1979–1990
Succeeded by
Churchill Alemao
Preceded by
Manohar Parrikar
Chief Minister of Goa
2005–2007
Succeeded by
Digambar Kamat