Rane met Fadnavis at the chief minister’s residence ‘Varsha’ in Mumbai yesterday.
Days after resigning from Congress, Narayan Rane launched his new political party called ‘Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh’, earlier this week. On Tuesday, the senior Maharashtra politician said that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has invited him to join the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. Rane met Fadnavis at the chief minister’s residence ‘Varsha’ in Mumbai yesterday. After a meeting with the CM, Rane was quoted as saying, “Fadnavis invited me to join the NDA. I informed him that I would discuss the matter with all my colleagues and take a final call in the next two days,” reported the Indian Express.
The sources in the BJP were quoted as saying, “As part of our expansion policy, we are not averse to welcoming new parties to join the NDA. At the Centre, two dozen parties support us. If Rane’s outfit extends support, it will be welcome.” Rane had, however, already declared that he would support the BJP and its policies. After launching his new party on Sunday he had said that his party promises to work closely with the ruling BJP in Maharashtra. According to the report by the Indian Express, he is likely to expect the BJP to accommodate him in the state cabinet.
Rane had resigned from the Congress last month while accusing the party of reneging on the promise of making him the chief minister when he had joined the party 12 years ago after leaving the Shiv Sena. He had also resigned as a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council. A prominent leader from the influential Maratha community, Rane was the chief minister in 1999 while in the Shiv Sena, reported PTI.