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Two Shiv Sena MLAs join Congress

Two Shiv Sena MLAs, supporters of Revenue Minister Narayan Rane, are all set to join Congress later on Friday.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 17:25 IST

In a setback to the Shiv Sena, two party MLAs and supporters of Revenue Minister Narayan Rane on Friday resigned from the membership of the legislative assembly and joined the Congress.

Kalidas Kolambkar and Shyam Sawant submitted their resignation from the assembly to Speaker Babasaheb Kupekar and later proceeded to the Congress office in south Mumbai.

They formally joined the party in the presence of Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Prabha Rau and Rane.

After being expelled from Shiv Sena in July last year Rane had joined Congress and was made Revenue Minister.

Earlier, three Rane supporters quit their assembly seat which they had won as Sena nominees in 2004 polls and had joined Congress.

Congress has fielded the three— Ganpat Kadam (Rajapur), Subhash Bane (Sangameshwar) and Shankar Kambli (Vengurla)— for the January 21 assembly by poll for the three seats.

First Published: Jan 06, 2006 13:51 IST