Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh
Mumbai: In a complete U-turn, Narayan Rane took back his resignation as Maharashtra`s Cabinet minister and said on Tuesday that he will remain in the Congress.
He also said that he will campaign for the party in the state Assembly polls scheduled for later this year.
Talking to reporters here, he said that he had taken the decision after discussions with Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, MPCC chief Manikrao Thakre and Maharashtra CM Prithiviraj Chavan, along with other leaders. “I have decided to remain with Congress,” Rane said.
He also said that he would “continue as Heavy Industries Minister” and “try his best so that party wins the Assembly polls”.
“I am not saying that Congress will win, but I will work towards the party`s win in upcoming state polls,” Rane added, as per ANI.
As for his demands, he said that the party had promised to give `due respect` to him. "Promises would be kept," Rane told reporters.
However, he said he had not "gone soft" by taking back his resignation and that "it`s adjustment. I don`t hanker after posts, posts come to me," PTI reported.
At the same time he revealed that he had asked for state Congress chief`s post for three months before Assembly elections, a demand that apparently did not find favour with the party leadership.
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President Manikrao Thakre confirmed the same and said that Rane would “continue with the Congress and contribute in party`s Assembly campaign.”
Regarding the change of heart by Rane, Thakre said, “We had positive discussion with him.”
Rane had resigned from the Maharashtra Cabinet last month saying that he was unhappy with the party. He had lashed at Chavan saying that his alleged faulty style of functioning had led to Congress` defeat in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
He had also accused Maharashtra CM of slow decision making and if taken then for implementing them.
As for the Congress party he had said that he did not see a good future for it in the upcoming state elections and had refused to be a partner in the party`s defeat.
The Congress had won just two of the 27 seats that it had contested in the General Elections.
As per reports, Rane was expecting that Chavan would be replaced after the party`s debacle in the polls. However, the Congress high command decided against a change of leadership in Maharashtra.
Rane had joined the Congress in 2005 after quitting the Shiv Sena. He was the chief minister of Maharashtra for nine months while in Shiv Sena in 1999. The NDA government was in power in the state at that time.
He is said to have been eyeing the chair of chief minister for a long time and had categorically stated that he had been promised the top post in the state in six months.
He had lamented that the promise had not been kept in nine years.
Rane was said to be in touch with the BJP and reports were also doing the rounds that he might float his own party.
But with his decision to remain in the Congress, the matter has been laid to rest, at least for now.
With Agency inputs