A Prestige Battle For Narayan Rane
Narayan Rane contests in the Maharashtra assembly polls from the Kudal seat. He has had a bitter sweet relation with the Congress in the recent past. He has at different times aired his keenness on becoming chief minister of the state.
A PRESTIGE BATTLE FOR NARAYAN RANE
He has held the post for eight months when he headed a Shiv Sena government in 1999.The party later expelled him. Months back it was the leader who submitted a resignation to raise the banner of revolt against then chief minister, Prithviraj Chavan, which was later withdrawn.
Before politics he was associated with the Harya Narya gang active in Chembur. He joined politics to take on rival gangsters, his choice of party then was the Shiv Sena. Entering politics as a Shakha pramukh, Rane has never looked back.
Rane at a point also caught the eye of Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray for his style of working.
After Uddhav Thackeray was chosen the working president of the Shiv Sena, Rane went public to criticize him. Rane was expelled on July 3, 2005 from the party
Rane from here went to Congress and got the post of Revenue minister. He also got other portfolios later.
Rane at different times attacked the top brass of the Congress, the first being 2008.
Rane in 2008 attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi after failing to become chief minister of Maharashtra. He was suspended and this decision was revoked in months.
Rane the same year launched the Marathi daily Prahaar, under the banner of Rane Prakashan Pvt Ltd
Rane earlier this year alleged that Congress had not acted to strengthen the party cadres in the state ahead of assembly polls after a drubbing in LS polls.
Rane has notably criticised Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan over his functioning as well. Whether Rane makes the mark or not is something only time will tell.