Political analysts in Maharashtra view the recent meeting between senior Congress leader Narayan Rane and MNS chief Raj Thackeray as a politically strategic move to checkmate Shiv Sena's growing influence in Konkan region of the state.
Seeking to take up the cause of Marathi people, Congress leader Nitesh Rane on Wednesday met Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to protest against the "condescending" treatment allegedly being meted out to Maharashtrians living outside the state.
Former Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar said on Saturday he had "requested" Congress heavyweight Narayan Rane not to contest the Bandra (East) Assembly bypoll which the latter lost.
A day after Congress stalwart Narayan Rane was trounced in the Bandra East Assembly byelection, Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut on Thursday claimed that after leaving the party in 2005, Rane was in talks with MNS President Raj Thackeray to float a new party.
A day after his father and Congress heavyweight Narayan Rane lost the Bandra (East) Assembly bypoll, Congress MLA Nitesh Rane Thursday alleged that MIM was using drugs to lure Muslim youths, a charge denied by the party.
Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Ashok Chavan today hailed Narayan Rane for taking up the challenge to contest by-election to Bandra (East) seat and said the party will not get bogged down by the defeat.
Shiv Sena candidate Trupti Sawant was elected to the Maharashtra Assembly in the prestigious by-poll from Bandra East constituency after she trounced her main opponent Congress heavyweight and former Home Minister Narayan Rane hours after the counting of votes began on Wednesday.
Counting for the by-elections to Bandra East assembly constituency here, where Congress heavyweight Narayan Rane is taking on Shiv Sena and MIM rivals, and Tasgaon-Kavthe Mahankal seat, where Suman Patil, wife of NCP stalwart late R R Patil is contesting, will be held tomorrow.
Former Congress MP Nilesh Rane was on Saturday detained for alleged election code violation following complaints that he was moving around with party workers campaigning for his father and senior leader Narayan Rane in Bandra (East) Assembly constituency here, where voting is underway for the bypoll.
Around 42 per cent voters on Saturday exercised their franchise in the keenly watched by-election to the Maharashtra Assembly from Bandra East, where Congress heavyweight and former chief minister Narayan Rane is taking on Shiv Sena and MIM rivals.
An "informal chat" with media by Maharashtra Congress leader Narayan Rane on the eve of Assembly bypoll in suburban Bandra, where he is the party candidate, today led Shiv Sena to file a case of violation of model code of conduct against him.