Rane says he is not worried about consequences

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Mumbai, Dec 24 (UNI) Taking a defiant stand, Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane, who openly criticised the functioning of Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, today said he was not worried about the consequences and he stood by his remarks.

Talking to reporters in his chamber at Mantralaya, the state government secretariat, Mr Rane, a former Shiv Sena leader who joined the Congress in 2005, refused to divulge his future plans.

The minister said he had voiced his displeasure over the functioning of the government in cabinet meetings and also with AICC general secretary Margaret Alva last week-end.

''I carried my resignation letter as a minister addressed to the Governor during my visit to Delhi to meet Ahmed Patel and Ms Alva. I was prepared to function as an MLA. But, they turned down my resignation,''he informed.

Declining to say anything on what transpired between him and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi a day after his outburst, Mr Rane said he had conveyed to her his views about the government functioning.

To a question on AICC general secretary Veerappa Moily's remarks that his outburst was a prima facie act of indiscipline, Mr Rane said he had not received any communication from the AICC so far.

UNI

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