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Some can’t survive without power, says Maharashtra Congress chief on Narayan Rane 

Party insiders believe that former chief minister Narayan Rane quitting Congress is now only a formality

mumbai Updated: Aug 17, 2017 01:35 IST
Surendra Gangan
Surendra Gangan
Hindustan Times
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Congress state chief Ashok Chavan also has said that quitting of some leaders will make way for the new leadership in the party. (PTI photo)

Congress state chief Ashok Chavan, while breaking his silence, indirectly criticised his senior colleague and former chief minister Narayan Rane, saying some people cannot survive without power. He also has said that quitting of some leaders will make way for the new leadership in the party.

While speaking to the media at party office in Dadar, Chavan criticised Rane without naming him.

“The BJP has been inducting leaders and workers from other parties without weighing their utility. We are not bothered about them joining the BJP. Some leaders are known for hopping from one party to another as they cannot survive without power. It gives us an opportunity to cultivate new leadership,” he said, when mediapersons asked him about Rane.

Rane is believably on the verge of shifting his loyalties and joining BJP soon. Chavan has restrained himself in giving any comment on Rane who has been in the news report for his hobnobbing with BJP. The rumours started making rounds when he reportedly met BJP president Amit Shah in Ahmedabad in presence of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis a few months ago. Party insiders believe that Rane quitting Congress is now only a formality.

“He has not been active in party meetings for a long. His sons have been openly criticising party strategies and leadership. It is just a matter of time,” said a senior Congress leader on the condition of anonymity.

Read: Congress’ Narayan Rane in BJP? Party leaders won’t decide before July’s Prez election

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 01:35 IST