Unhappy Narayan Rane quits Chavan government, says no ‘coordination’ in Congress

I joined the party 9 years ago but none of the promises fulfilled during this period: Rane.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: July 22, 2014 2:09 pm
Narayan Rane Narayan Rane Minister for Industry, Port and Employment of Maharashtra State.

Sulking Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane, who was pitching for a leadership change ahead of the state Assembly elections, on Monday resigned from the government.


Rane met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan at the latter’s official residence ‘Varsha’ and submitted his resignation.


Unhappy with the Congress, Rane said: “I joined the party 9 years ago but none of the promises fulfilled during this period.”

He further added that there was no coordination in the party.

The leader has, however, not quit Congress and is expected to spell out reasons for his leaving the ministry at a media briefing later on Monday.

Rane, a chief ministerial aspirant, was upset with the party for not giving him the top post, which he always claimed was promised to him when he joined the Congress after leaving Shiv Sena in 2005.

Addressing a meeting in Kankavali on July 19, Rane, an influential leader in the Konkan region, had trained his guns on Chief Minister Chavan and said assembly elections results would not be different from the Lok Sabha polls if they were to fight under the present leadership.

Rane, a former Shiv Sena chief minister, had resigned as minister after his son Nilesh lost the Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg Lok Sabha constituency in the May general elections. However, the party did not accept his resignation.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi had on Sunday held consultations with senior leaders from Maharashtra including the Chief Minister following Rane’s decision to quit his post but apparently endeavours to placate him failed.

Meanwhile, sources close to Rane said that Chavan told him he would apprise Congress president Sonia Gandhi of his resignation and then get back to him.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. A
    Jul 21, 2014 at 2:40 pm
    Congress has been relieved of Mr.Narayan Rane as he was of no use as Revenue Minister. Actually he was liability for the Government of Maharashtra and People at large. He was found to be totally unsuccessful as Revenue Minister. He should be removed from the Congress Party to save any debacle in the coming Vidhan Sabha elections. If he remains in the Congress it is difficult to reach two digit figure of members in the embly. Without him at least Congress Party could cross two digit figure easily.
  2. P
    Paddy Singh
    Jul 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm
    This c Rane wants an honest CM out. So does Pawar. Let's see who wins and if the Congress has any principles.
  3. R
    Jul 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm
    It is good that he resigned. congress will perform better now
  4. R
    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:43 am
    not to worry - the people will not vote you back - whatever drama you may create.
  5. V
    V B
    Jul 21, 2014 at 1:12 pm
    It does not matter who is leading the Party at the elections. The result will be the same. The inspirational quality has deserted the Congress leaders. People have seen what Soniaji or Rahulji is all about. It is laughable that Mr Rane himself may be nurturing illusion of being an inspirational and charismatic leader
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