Senior Congress Leader Narayan Rane, who submitted his resignation from post of Industries Minister in a revolting bid against Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and the Congress leadership a fortnight ago, is going to clear his stand on Tuesday.
Even after 15 days, the party high command has not accepted his resignation, while Rane has insisted on acceptance of his resignation. Also Rane has issued the ultimatum and has put forth a list of demands before the High Command.
Though, after submitting his resignation Rane had reiterated that he is not leaving Congress party, there are strong indications that he may leave the Congress. As the Congress high command is not giving enough attention towards his rebellion, Rane finds himself in a dwindled situation.
Rane, who had also been keen on joining Bhartiya Janta Party, had been in touch with some of the senior party leaders, may surprise everyone with a big political move and a game plan of starting his own party.
According to sources, "Rane is unhappy with the way congress is treating him and therefore, he may announce his own party thereby quitting congress."
Surprisingly, though Rane had attacked Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan while submitting his resignation, he praised Chavan two days ago at an event.
Rane has also started a move to launch his own political outfit. Rane's son, Nitesh Rane is already heading an NGO called 'Swabhiman Sanghatna', and therefore, rather than establishing a new party, he he may turn this NGO into a political party.
A week ago, the Congress high command had assured the rebellious leader and former chief minister Narayan Rane that the care of his grievances would be taken of. Whereas, Rane had met party vice-president Rahul Gandhi to explain his stand, and also had a closed-door meeting with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and state Congress chief Manikrao Thakre to iron out the issues, but the meeting did not reach any conclusion.
Rane had joined the Congress after he quit the Shiv Sena in 2005, with the expectation that he would get the chief minister's chair. But his dream was never fullfilled. The senior leader had also offered his resignation in May 2014 after his son Nilesh Rane was defeated by Shiv Sena candidate Vinayak Raut by 1.5 lakh votes in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.
Rane had served as chief minister for nine months while in the Shiv Sena in 1999, when the NDA government was at the helm of affairs in Maharashtra. In 2005, soon after joining Congress, he was inducted as a minister in the Vilasrao Deshmukh government.
Meanwhile, Rebel Nationalist Congress Party MLA Deepak Kesarkar from Sawantwadi (Konkan region) constituency, who quit the party on July 13, 2014 would be officially joining Shiv Sena on Tuesday. Kesarkar had raised a banner of revolt against the nomination of Nilesh Rane, son of Narayan Rane, ever since the Congress had declared his candidature for a Lok Sabha seat recently.