No need to quit Cabinet, Congress tells Narayan Rane, Nitin Raut

State Congress president Manikrao Thakre said Saturday that the party had decided to not accept the resignations of state’s Industries Minister Narayan Rane and Employment Guarantee Scheme minister Nitin Raut.

He said that after the Congress Working Committee meets in Delhi on May 19, a meeting will be convened of state-level leaders to decide the action plan for the Assembly polls.

“Rane and Raut have not sent their letters to the Governor yet. I spoke to Rane and convinced him that there was no need for him to take the blame. We have instructed senior party leaders to not send in their resignations for the sake of well-being of the party,” Thakre said.

Rane had sent its resignation to the chief minister on Friday following the defeat of his son Nilesh, the sitting MP from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, which has been a Rane stronghold for over two decades. Rane alleged that a section of local NCP had campaigned for the Sena nominee Vinayak Rane, who won by 1.5 lakh votes.

Raut, a prominent Dalit leader, had sought to resign citing moral responsibility for the party’s loss in his home-ground of Nagpur where BJP leader and former party president Nitin Gadkari trounced Congress stalwart and MP Vilas Muttemwar with a margin of 2.84 lakh votes.