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Faction war hots up as Rane attacks Deshmukh

india Updated: Dec 22, 2007 02:17 IST
Anil Anand
Anil Anand
Hindustan Times
Faction war

The war of attrition between the rival groups in Maharashtra's ruling party Congress has intensified with senior party leader and minister Narain Rane taking pot shots at his own government. He has questioned the chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh dispensation for not doing 'enough' for the public.

Rane, who met AICC general secretary Margret Alva on Friday, made his views public on the functioning of the Deshmukh government while responding to media-persons' queries about a possible change in the state leadership. However, he refrained from either naming Deshmukh or holding him responsible for the government's 'lackadaisical' approach. "Why do you want me to name him. You know him," he observed.

Rane, who had joined the Congress 2 years ago, tossed the ball in the high command's court and stated that it was for the party leadership prerogative to take a decision on the issue. "I am not happy with the working of the government.

The party may face reverses in the next assembly elections if things do not change," he warned. "I have been apprising the high command with the developments whenever I meet them. It is for them to decide," he said.

Significantly, Deshmukh, also camping here, met Sonia Gandhi on Thursday and reportedly acquainted her with the political situation prevailing in Maharashtra. Rane is likely to meet Sonia on Monday.

On questioning on whether he was seeking removal of Deshmukh, Rane said, "If things continue the same way they are now, the assembly elections results will not be good for Congress."