MSP to go alone in 2019 polls, says party chief Narayan Rane

Narayan Rane

Mumbai :- Maharashtra Swabhimani Paksh (MSP) who is an ally of the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party is likely to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls independently, said Party chief Narayan Rane.

The former Chief Minister Rane, said his fledgling party will neither tie-up with the Congress-NCP combine nor the BJP and the Shiv Sena.

Rane has pockets of influence in the coastal Konkan region of Maharashtra. He said his party will contest a few Lok Sabha seats and candidates will be announced in phases.

Addressing party workers in Mumbai, the veteran politician also announced the candidature of his son Nilesh Rane from the Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg parliamentary seat.

Both the Sena and the BJP have been critical of each other despite being in ruling alliance and are now getting back together for the sake of power, Mr Rane alleged.

Lashing out at the Uddhav Thackeray-led party, Rane, who was once in the Sena, said the Maharashtra-based outfit had done nothing to safeguard the interest of Marathi-speaking people.

Referring to Hindi movie “Thackeray”, based on the life of Sena founder Bal Thackeray, Rane said he hasn’t seen the film since he can’t watch anyone in the leader’s place.

“The son (Uddhav Thackeray) is not even 5 per cent of Balasaheb. What will the actor (in the film) do?” he said.

The movie was made with the sole purpose of making money in late Thackeray’s name, the former chief minister alleged.

Rane formed his own outfit in 2017 after the quitting the Congress. He is a Rajya Sabha MP from the BJP quota and also a member of the BJP’s manifesto committee.