Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane, who was said to be contemplating quitting the Congress, today praised the party president Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the decision of farm loan waiver during the UPA regime.
His son and former MP Nilesh, who has been openly critical of the state Congress chief Ashok Chavan, accompanied him at a public rally.
"Political predictions about Konkan are always wrong. This is also true in my case," said Rane, who belongs to Sindhudurg district of the coastal Konkan region.
The UPA government gave relief to the farmers, and the state government led by (the then CM) Ashok Chavan and (then deputy CM) Ajit Pawar also provided relief to the farmers reeling under drought in the state, Rane said.
He also lashed out at Shiv Sena -- which he quit to join Congress in 2005 -- calling it power-hungry.
"Sena leaders talk about resigning (from BJP-led government) and at the same time chase the Chief Minister to get their personal work done," he said.
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