Shiv Sena clinging onto power to avoid graft probe: Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane

The Congress leader claimed it was this ‘fear’ that made the Shiv Sena back out of a proposal to isolate the BJP on the Vidarbha statehood issue in the House.

| Mumbai | Published: August 4, 2016 3:25 am

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane Wednesday accused the Shiv Sena leadership of clinging onto power in the state to “save itself from inquiries of graft”.

“Uddhav Thackeray won’t quit power. Matoshri fears that walking out of power will result in the BJP initiating inquiries into various cases of corruption involving Matoshri, the party’s leaders, ministers, etc,” Rane, a former Shiv Sainik and Matoshri’s blue-eyed boy at one time, alleged, adding that the Sena was ‘neck-deep’ in corruption.

The Congress leader claimed it was this ‘fear’ that made the Shiv Sena back out of a proposal to isolate the BJP on the Vidarbha statehood issue in the House.

On Tuesday, there had been discussions of introducing a resolution backed by the Congress, NCP, and the Shiv Sena for an ‘Undivided Maharashtra” in the state legislature.

Rane also fired a salvo at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, alleging that elements within the BJP were plotting to destablise the government. He accused Fadnavis of misleading the House on the separate Vidarbha row, alleging that it was a desperate bid to save his own chair.

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