One of Congress’ strongman from Maharashtra, Narayan Rane, who had quit the party last month, today announced that he will be floating his new party — Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha. While addressing a press conference on Sunday in the state, Rane also said that his newly launched party will be supporting Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) in Maharashtra.

Narayan Rane also unleashed a direct attack on Shiv Sena and Uddhav Thackeray over his Dusshera press conference, where he condemned the BJP party for its ruling and also criticized PM Narendra Modi for demonetisation and his other schemes.

Narayan Rane was also once a member of Shiv Sena, however he had quit the party in 2005 and later joined Congress.

Hitting out at Uddhav Thackeray, Narayan Rane said, “Who is Uddhav Thackeray? He targeted Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, NCP chief Sharad Pawar and me at a rally in Shivaji Park yesterday. What is his contribution to the government? He criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demonetisation. Why were his ministers silent then?”

“Most of them sleep through Cabinet meetings. I am asked whether the Shiv Sena will stick with the BJP alliance till full term. I have always maintained that Sena will not leave the government, but will be kicked out,” Rane added.

On September 30, while speaking at the annual Dussehra rally of his party at Shivaji Park in central Mumbai, Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena chief, took on alliance partner BJP over issues ranging from patriotism to cow vigilantism.

Accusing Shiv Sena of corruption, Rane asked, “No one in Shiv Sena gets a ticket without paying crores. If you are in power, you have to give suggestions. Are you helpless in power, Uddhav.”

Speaking more about his party — Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha, Rane said that his party will work for the development of farmers, minorities, women and all the issues which people face. Talking about the party symbol, Rane said, “We will register the party soon and will announce the flag and electoral sign as well.”

Narayan Rane was dismissed from the party in 2005 by Bal Thackeray after he voiced his opinion over Uddhav Thackeray gaining prominence in the party.

First Published | 1 October 2017 3:01 PM
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