Industries Minister Narayan Rane’s elder son Nilesh Rane has decided to contest as a rebel candidate against NCP’s minister Bhaskar Jadhav in Guhagar Assembly constituency in Konkan region. The development has upset the NCP, which has decided to take up the matter with the central leadership of the Congress. Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said, “Once we are through with the seat-sharing the issue will be discussed at the proper forum.”
However, the development does not auger well for Narayan Rane, who has become the Congress election campaign committee chief. However, insiders indicated that Nilesh believes that the NCP plotted his defeat in the Lok Sabha elections. He contested from Sindhudurg-Ratnagiri Lok Sabha constituency and lost to Shiv Sena’s candidate Vinayak Raut.
In another development, former NCP minister Babanrao Panchpute has decided to join the BJP on Wednesday. Panchpute resigned from the NCP last week and accused the party leadership of ignoring the concerns of the Dhangar community, a charge the NCP has dismissed as incorrect and reiterated its pledge to accommodate the community in the Scheduled Tribe category without disturbing the present quota.
BJP state president Devendra Fadnavis said, “We have a list of several sitting MLAs and prominent leaders from the Congress and the NCP seeking to join the BJP. But we will have to exercise caution so as not to disturb our own local leaders and only those deserving and fighting for a cause will be given priority.”