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Controversial former CM Narayan Rane quits Congress

Controversial former Chief Minister Narayan Rane on Thursday quit Congress saying he was taken for a ride by not only state leadership, but even by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her political advisor Ahmed Patel over his appointment as Chief Minister. Addressing a public meeting in his home town Kudal in coastal Sindhudurg district, Rane said he was assured to be considered for CM post at least on four occasions, but it was never implemented. “I waited for 12 years, when I found that there was no scope for me in the Congress, I decided to quit from the primary membership of the party and membership of the legislative council. I have written a brief letter to Sonia Gandhi,” Rane said.

In his hour long speech, Rane came down heavily on state Congress President Ashok Chavan and Ahmed Patel for taking him for a ride. “I did join the Congress, but all along, I was strongly opposed by none other than Ashok Chavan for obvious political reasons. Congress lacks commitment and determination to take on BJP and Shiv Sena,” Rane said.

From Friday, Rane will be on the state wide tour, beginning from Nagpur, home town of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and later Nanded, home town of Ashok Chavan. Rane did not comment on his possible entry in BJP, but declared that the future course of action will be decided before Dushera. Rane claimed that senior Congress and Shiv Sena leaders across the state will soon join him.

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