Rane bows to high commands wishes

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Mumbai, Aug 24 (UNI) For the second time in his three-year stint with the Congress, Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane, who had raised a banner of revolt against Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, has bowed to party high command's wishes and accepted to work under him.

This development took place yesterday in New Delhi during his meeting with Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the presence of state Election Campaign Committee president Gurudas Kamat and Ms Gandhi's secretary Ahmed Patel. Mr Rane had raised objection over the allotment of land to Videocon at Navi Mumbai.

Mr Rane had skipped the cabinet meeting last week, but attended the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Congress Committee's newly elected president Manikrao Thakare's take over function to show solidarity with the party.

Finally in yesterday's meeting, Mr Rane was reportedly told not to press for resignation and that there would be no immediate change in the party leadership and he is said to have accepted the same.

It may recalled that earlier also Mr Rane had raised objection over Mr Deshmukh's style of functioning.


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