Narayan Rane launches party, says he wants to be NDA ally

Narayan Rane was forced to float the outfit after he quit the Congress, following reservations in the BJP over his speculated induction.

Written by Shubhangi Khapre | Mumbai | Published: October 2, 2017 4:12 am
Former Maharashtra CM, Narayan Rane, maharashtra congress, Narayan Rane new party, Maharashtra Swabhimaan Paksh, Mumbai, ND ally, indian express, Narayan Rane in Mumbai on Sunday. (Express photo Ganesh Shirsekar)

Former Congress leader Narayan Rane on Sunday launched the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh, his political party, promising to work closely with the ruling BJP in Maharashtra.

Rane was forced to float the outfit after he quit the Congress, following reservations in the BJP over his speculated induction.

Since he has made it clear the Congress and Shiv Sena are his political rivals, the BJP may accommodate him in the grand alliance led by it in Maharashtra, though the party is non-committal on immediately giving him a cabinet berth.

Explaining the objective of his party, Rane said: “We will focus our politics on development, and work for common people.” In a departure from his aggressive politics, the Konkan strongman said: “We are not going to adopt double standards like the Shiv Sena, which is playing both a ruling and an Opposition role.”

Exercising utmost caution not to antagonise the BJP leadership, he said, “If there are any issues where things are going wrong, I can always discuss it with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.”

Conceding that there were some hurdles that might have worked against his entry in the BJP, Rane said, “We would like to ally with the NDA at the Centre and in the state.”

Batting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bullet train project, Rane slammed Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray, questioning their understanding of development projects.

Taking a dig at Uddhav, he said, “Some people feel if you target the top leadership (read the PM), you become bigger too.”

Rane added: “Now, Raj says, we will not allow a brick to be laid for the bullet train. Go ahead, who has stopped? My party will not protest any project for the sake of politics.”

He, however, expressed reservations over the manner in which demonetisation was implemented.

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  1. P
    Oct 2, 2017 at 5:57 am
    That should be the golden rule. One needs to prove the worth before gaining the benefits. Remember Bihar? Paswan, Jiten Manjhi, Kushwaha, all clamoured for more and more seats, but, what they brought in? Barely two seats each. With two seats, does any party leader is en led to share power at national or state level? Similarly, Rane in Maharashtra lost two consecutive elections and is considered to be a spent force, was offered the ministial post of Revenue!!! Let him prove his worth first and if he comes up to our expectations, we are willing to offer him even the post of Dy CM. But again, let him show his own strength.