Goa Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane will soon be joining Congress.
Congress sources said Vishwajeet, who had contested as an independent from Valpoi constituency, met Ahmed Patel, Political Secretary to party chief Sonia Gandhi, as also AICC General Secretary B K Hari Prasad Monday.
Vishwajeet is the son of senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Pratapsinh Rane who is currently the Speaker of the 40-member Goa assembly.
He is expected to seek reelection as a Congress candidate after resigning his seat.
A United Goans Democratic Party (unattached) legislator Anatanasio 'Babush' Monserratte joined Congress. Monserratte is Education Minister in Kamat's cabinet. With his joining the party, Congress' strength in the state has jumped from 18 to 19 in the 40-member House.