Smarting under the pain of missing chief ministerial post due to "machinations" of some Congress colleagues, rebel Congressman Narayan Rane on Saturday said he would topple the government if "provoked".
"I can topple the government, but I am refraining from doing so because of the prevailing situation in the state in the aftermath of Mumbai terror attacks," Rane told reporters.
However, the former Shiv Sainik warned Congress not to provoke him to take that step.
"If I wish, I can prevent the new government from taking charge or topple it when it is formed. It is not in a majority and I can prove it on the floor of the house, even if the opposition does not seek a trust vote," Rane said.
Rane, who was suspended from Congress for his outburst against party leadership after he lost out in the chief ministerial race, refused to divulge his future course of action during winter session of the legislature beginning at Nagpur this month. "I will be going to Nagpur," he said.
Welcoming his suspension, Rane termed it as a good omen. "In 1997, Vilasrao Deshmukh was suspended from the party for six years and in 1999 he became the chief minister," he said.
Rane alleged that Sonia Gandhi's political secretary Ahmed Patel and Deshmukh, aided by some industrialists, prevented him from becoming the chief minister.
"I had opposed several decisions that Deshmukh had made regarding land dealings of CIDCO, MHADA, MIDC, Wakf Board and these people feared that I will expose them if I become chief minister," he claimed.