Mumbai: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Congress strongman Narayan Rane has quit the party.
The strongman is now likely to join the BJP in the coming days. Rane reportedly wants his two sons also to be accomodated in the BJP, which is in power in Maharashtra.
The Shiv Sena may, however, prove to be a roadblock in Rane’s induction in the BJP. The party is reportedly wary of the strong loyalty Rane enjoys in the Konkan belt which is also the Sena stronghold.
Rane had joined the Congress in 2005 after being expelled from the Shiv Sena. Rane, who has pockets of influence in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, was expelled by Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray after he voiced displeasure over Uddhav Thackeray gaining prominence in the party.