After 15 days, Maharashtra industries minister Narayan Rane finally withdrew his resignation on Tuesday on two conditions: he should head the campaign committee for the upcoming assembly elections and his 32-year-old younger son, Nitesh, should be given a ticket. He announced this decision at a press conference.
What did Rane gain?
The Congress was not ready to meet Rane's demands earlier. The party has now agreed to field his son Nitesh as an MLA candidate. With this, he has succeeded in accommodating both his sons. Rane's other son, Nilesh, had lost the Lok Sabha polls from the Raighad-Sindhudurgh constituency.
Rane is likely to contest from Kankavali and Nitesh from Kherwadi or Chembur.
He doesn't want to be CM now?
Rane was definitely angling for the chief ministerial position earlier. Though he has climbed down, he's not going to be a loser. "In the state polls, the Congress may lose, but if gets more seats than the NCP, as chairman of the campaign committee, Rane can naturally claim the opposition leader's post," sources said. "CM Prithviraj Chavan will not remain in the state after a Congress defeat. In any case, he is more interested in Delhi," he said.
So, will Rane resume work as industries minister?
The 62-year-old Rane said he is withdrawing his resignation and will continue to work as a minister from Wednesday. "I will start campaigning for the party soon and will try my level best to win the maximum seats for the party. Senior Congress leaders has promised me they will respect my stature by giving me the right position. I respect their promise by remaining in party," he said.
Who was behind the patch-up?
On Tuesday, political circles were abuzz that Rane would finally quit and launch his own political outfit. AICC general-secretary and Maharashtra in-charge Mohan Prakash was in city to mollify Rane. But he met with an accident and had to be hospitalised. Prakash then sent MPCC president Manikrao Thakre and Congress MLA and former Mumbai Congress unit president Kripashankar Singh as his emissary. They were the ones who made Rane change his mind.
Will life be the same again for Rane in Congress?
Sources said it was a sane decision as both Rane and Congress are going through a bad patch. Both are fighting for existence and survival. They both need each other desperately. "I have my political career before me. Taking decisions without thinking can spoil my career. It took me 30 years to reach this level. One wrong decision can bring me down," Rane had said.