Rane to join NDA

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Oct 2017 11:24:58


RATNAGIRI,

Oct 6,

(PTI),

MAHARASHTRA’S former Chief Minister Narayan Rane, who recently quit the Congress, on Friday said his political outfit— ‘Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh’— would join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). “I have decided to be a part of the NDA for the development of the State and the Konkan region,” Rane told reporters.

Dismissing speculation that he would be accommodated in the Union Cabinet, Rane said, “I will stay in Maharashtra till 2019.” He was apparently hinting at contesting the Lok Sabha polls to be held that year.

Rane, who resigned from the Congress party after a long-drawn tussle with its state leadership, had claimed three days back that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had invited him to join the NDA. A couple of days ago, Rane met Fadnavis and State BJP President Raosaheb Patil-Danve who invited him to join the NDA.