Congress MLA from Konkan region of Maharashtra and son of former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane, Nilesh Rane tweeted today that all of Narayan Rane’s supporters want the veteran politician to stay in state politics.
“Well-wishers like us want Rane Saheb to be in state politics for longer time..Maharashtra needs him more. We want to see him in The Vidhan sabha n not the Rajya sabha..hope he considers!Fingers Crossed!! #RaneforMaharashtra,” said Nitesh Rane in his tweet.
Narayan Rane had met BJP leadership in Delhi at BJP party president Amit Shah’s residence a few days back. Rane was offered a Rajya Sabha seat in the meeting. According to sources, Nitesh too was present in the meeting.
Rane, who was expecting his inclusion in the state cabinet, is yet to respond to the offer given to him.
Though Narayan Rane resigned as member of Maharashtra state legislative council, his son Nitesh Rane is still a Congress Member of Legislative Assembly.
Narayan Rane quit Congress party last year in September but has not yet been inducted in the BJP despite having been in regular touch with BJP leadership in the state and Centre.
Talks of BJP inducting Rane were doing the rounds post Gujarat elections but that did not happen.
Shiv Sena, which shares power with BJP in the state, has already expressed its reservation over Rane’s inclusion in state cabinet.
Shiv Sena in its national executive meeting held recently had passed a resolution to go solo in all upcoming elections. But few BJP leaders are hopeful that both parties will come together and form an alliance again.
Rane has already extended support to National Democratic Alliance (NDA) but if he joins BJP, the party can give a tough fight to Shiv Sena which is already strong in the Konkan region.