Rane to consult Congress High Command on resignation

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Nagpur, Aug 6 (UNI) Maharashtra Minister for Revenue Narayan Rane today said he would consult the party Congress Command before making any decision about resigning from the state cabinet.

Speaking to reporters at Dhamangaon in Amravati district in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra after inaugurating the new tehsil office building, Mr Rane said he was proceeding to New Delhi to consult the top party leaders.

"I have not yet resigned from the cabinet," he said.

Reports in a section of the media to the effect that he had put in his papers were absolutely baseless and incorrect, Mr Rane said.

"I will hand over my resignation, if at all, to the party leadership, and not to the news channels," he remarked.

Mr Rane said the welfare of the people was more important to him than politics. "I am not very happy with the functioning of the incumbent government in Maharashtra, and I have aired my views on an earlier occasion too," he added.

The Revenue Minister came to Nagpur from Dhamangaon and flew straight to New Delhi this evening, party sources said.

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh was in Latur during the day today, sources said.

During a meeting of the cabinet in Mumbai yesterday, Mr Rane had threatened to quit over the allotment of land in Navi Mumbai to a private company.

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