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Rane takes part in Sangharsh Yatra, praises Sonia, Manmohan

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Former Chief Minister Narayan Rane, who was said to be contemplating quitting the Congress, today praised the party president and former Prime Minister for the decision of farm loan waiver during the regime.

Rane today showed up for the fourth phase of 'Sangharsh Yatra' campaign launched by opposition and to demand loan waiver for farmers in at Savarde in Ratnagiri district.

His son and former MP Nilesh, who has been openly critical of the state chief Ashok Chavan, accompanied him at a public rally.

For the past few weeks speculation is rife that Rane is unhappy with and may join the ruling

Speaking at the public meeting, Rane asked people not to have any misconceptions about him.

"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.

He also praised Manmohan Singh, and president Sharad Pawar, the then union agriculture minister, for the Centre's decision of farm loan waiver in 2008.

The government gave relief to the farmers, and the state government led by (the then CM) 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 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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First Published: Wed, May 17 2017. 20:57 IST