Congress unhappy over Rane's public remarks against cabinet decisi

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New Delhi, Aug 8 (UNI) A day after Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane announced his resignation from the Vilasrao Deshmukh government, the Congress today expressed its displeasure over the action of Mr Rane in going public against the decision of the state cabinet on the Videocon land issue as also his public utterances against the Chief Minister.

AICC Spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told mediapersons that a decision on the resignation of Mr Rane would be taken only after the return of Congress President Sonia Gandhi from Beijing, but said his action was not within the Party discipline.

The statement of the official spokesman against Mr Rane, who yesterday announced his resignation after his meeting with AICC General Secretary in charge of Mahrashtra Margaret Alva, is a clear indication that the Party has not taken lightly the open revolt of Mr Rane, who joined the party from Shiv Sena in 2005, against Mr Deshmukh in the faction-ridden state unit of the Congress.

"All differences between Partymen should be raised within the party forum and not in the press and in public," Mr Ahmed said, while adding that "it applies not only to those who have been in the Party for long, but also to those who joined the party from other parties at different stages." He said if there were any differences between two leaders, they should be brought to the notice of the General Secretary in charge of the state or the Party President and all shlould obey whatever decision the Party would take.

Asked about the public objections raised by Mr Rane against the state cabinet decision to allot 100 hectares of land at Navi Mumbai to Videocon for setting up an LCD manufacturing unit, Mr Ahmed said "each and every minister may have his views which may be different from the majority opinion. Having a different view is not a crime.

But the dissent should not be discussed outside." While submitting his resignation to Ms Alva yesterday, Mr Rane said he was not happy with the style of functioning of Chief Minister Deshmmukh. "If Mr Deshmukh continues as Chief Minister, the prospects of the Congress in the Lok Sabha elections are not going to be bright." UNI SH AE KN1830

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