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Congress moves to mollify Narayan Rane

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

After maintaining a studied silence for days, the in today moved to pacify its sulking leader Narayan Rane, who reportedly President in last week.

The 64-year-old former Chief Minister and his MLA-son Nitesh were spotted with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis during his visit. There were reports that Rane had Shah and he was headed towards the camp.

However, the Shivsainik-turned-Congressman denied he was joining the BJP, but maintained he was unhappy with the He also denied meeting Fadnavis in

The has so far refrained from speaking on the Rane issue. However, today two of its leaders - former minister Arif Mohammed Naseem Khan and ex-MP Milind Deora - Rane at his office in South

Congress sources said the two leaders met Rane, who is an MLC, on the directives of the party's central leadership.

Khan and Deora sought to know Rane's grievances against the party, they said.

Rane told them nothing is being done to strengthen the party organisation in Maharashtra, where the came to power in 2014 after ending the 15-year-old rule of alliance, the sources said.

Since then the saffron outfit has won a string of local body elections in Maharashtra, which was once a Congress bastion.

Rane lost the 2014 Assembly polls from Kudal in Sindhudurg district, his home turf, while his son Nilesh was defeated from the Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg seat in the elections held the same year.

Rane made an attempt to enter the Assembly in April 2015 in a by-election from Bandra (East) but lost to the Shiv Sena. He was later rehabilitated in the Legislative Council.

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First Published: Tue, April 18 2017. 21:57 IST