Rane on Backfoot, Agrees to Meet Sonia

Published: 23rd July 2014 08:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd July 2014 08:38 AM   |  A+A-

MUMBAI: A day after he quit the government, Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane on Tuesday took a step back over his aggressive stand on Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.

Rane agreed to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi to find a solution for his grievances after a marathon meeting with Chavan and state party president Manikrao Thakare, which lasted almost two-and-a-half hours at Chavan’s official residence here.

“I will put my issues before madam(Gandhi). Chief Minister and state president will also be present at that time. I will decide my future course of action after that. However, I am adamant on leaving the Cabinet,” Rane said after the meeting. Rane’s target, Chavan also took a stand that amicable solution could be found on the issues raised by him.

A source said that Rane did not vent his anger against Chavan in the meeting on Tuesday.

“Instead of discussing Chavan’s leadership qualities they talked on how the NCP should be stopped from winning more seats than the Congress. Rane did not utter a word against Chavan in his presence,” the source said.

On Monday, Rane had alleged that Chavan’s slow pace of working cannot win the party’s Assembly elections.  Thakare confirmed that Rane appeared cool in the meeting. “Rane has agreed to attend our Konkan region conclave next week,” Thakare said.

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