Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane Launches New Party 'Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh'

Aaron Brown
October 3, 2017

Earlier, there were talks of Rane joining the BJP.

Rane had resigned from the Congress last month, upset at not being made the chief minister when he joined the party 12 years ago after leaving the Shiv Sena. Let me first make new friends for my party, and then I will be able to announce my next move.

He also asked to BJP to show their definition of Hindutva. "If they (BJP leaders) think we are of no use to them, we'll see", Thackeray said. "What else has this party done?" he asked.

Referring to the BJP, he said, "I have friends there, so I have no issues with the party". They didn't appreciate whatever was being said.

Sena president Uddhav Thackeray's annual Dussehra rally speech at Dadar followed the Sena script to the T where he bashed both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis but said that the Sena would not pull out from the government, at least for now.

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Rane said the MSP would not champion regional chauvinism or a particular religion or caste.

Formed in the name of working for the overall and all-inclusive development of the state, Narayan Rane's party is already rumoured to be forming alliances with the in-power NDA government.

"However, he made it clear that he would work with 'like-minded parties".

The 65-year-old Konkan leader, at the fag end of his career, faces the challenge of getting his son - Congress legislator Nitesh Rane - elected on his party symbol, getting himself elected as Member of Legislative Council, enlisting the support of sitting Sena and Congress legislators, and winning the upcoming panchayat polls in his hometown.

Mr Rane quit the Congress last week after the party allegedly failed to keep its promise of making him the Chief Minister. Conceding that there were some hurdles that might have worked against his entry into the BJP, Rane said, "We would like to ally with the NDA at the Centre and in the state". "It never dies. I will wait for the right time to come". "The Japanese bank will not give a loan to support our loan waiver for farmers or for upgrading suburban railway infrastructure". There has been speculation that he could take oath as a minister in the Maharashtra government next week.

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