Narayan Rane floats new political party

Uddhav Thackeray slams uniform taxation through GST, says even Pakistan has cheaper petrol than India

Last week, he was expected to join the BJP and corner a State Cabinet berth, but a meeting with BJP president Amit Shah remained inconclusive. "I have made a decision to form a new political party, and till now, no one has approached me for an alliance". Rane was forced to float the regional outfit after he quit the Congress, following strong reservation within the BJP over his induction in the party.

Rane was the Chief Minister for almost one year (1999) in the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance which ruled the state between 1995-1999, later he served as Opposition Leader before quitting the party to join the Congress in 2005 which he left last month.

Exercising utmost caution not to antagonise the BJP leadership, he said, "If there are any issues where things are going wrong, I can always discuss it with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis". "We will register the party soon and will announce the flag and electoral sign as well", he said. Mr. Rane, who resigned from the Maharashtra Legislative Council after leaving the Congress, said he is undecided on contesting the MLC polls.

The leader from Konkan, who started his political career with the Shiv Sena, had been forced to quit after his comment criticizing party patriarch Bal Thackeray for his "blind love" towards his son Uddhav Thackeray.

In his speech, Thackeray said that the only reason the Shiv Sena had continued its alliance with the BJP was to unite the Hindu vote. "I have a similar equation with MPCC president Ashok Chavan; except him, everyone in the Congress is my friend". The Shiv Sena chief said that the state government was not able to provide basic facilities to Mumbaikars, and it wanted to "impose" Bullet rains on them.

Thackeray questioned about the uniformity in GST by saying that even Pakistan has cheaper petrol than India. "But, why doesn't he just announce the suggestions made by Shiv Sena ministers on such issues which haven't been followed by the government", Rane added. "Let's see what their future is".

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