A day after former Congress leader Narayan Rane met BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi, party’s state unit chief Raosaheb Danve said a decision on inducting Rane into the party was still under consideration. Danve said, “Rane was in Delhi yesterday to meet the BJP chief. He had come to invite him for inauguration of a hospital in Sindhudurg. There were political discussions as well, but nothing was decided. We are still in discussion and whenever there is a substantial development, we will make it public.”
The state BJP chief added that he, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and state minister Chandrakant Patil had also met Rane. After the meeting, said Danve, the CM left and we met BJP chief Amit Shah later.
Rane had quit the Congress on September 22, criticising the party leadership for not giving him his due. He also claimed that the Congress had promised him the post of chief minister when he left the Shiv Sena to join the party. Speculation on Rane leaving the Congress had started a few months before his formal resignation, after the leader’s reported meeting with Shah and frequent praise for the BJP-led government.
On BJP facing criticism from other parties for induction of “tainted leaders”, Danve said his party was capable of handling its internal issues and other parties should not be concerned about it.
When pointed out that the BJP had claimed to be in touch with legislators of other parties, Danve said, “Eleven legislators from the state voted for the BJP candidate during the presidential elections. This was enough to prove that our claims were not wrong. We will not disclose who all are in touch with us but the number of legislators supporting us would increase in the future.”
Asked about BJP MP Nana Patole’s recent statement that he was not allowed to speak during party meetings chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Danve said, “Patole is known for being outspoken. He has his opinions and is open about them. There is nothing new about it.”