Mumbai : Cong leader from Konkan, Narayan Rane, who had been campaigning against Prithviraj Chavan in the run up to the Assembly elections, may have nowhere to go, except languish on the sidelines, now that Ashok Chavan and Sanjay Nirupam have been given pre-eminent positions in the state and the Mumbai unit, respectively.
Expressing reservations about the appointment of Chavan and Nirupam, former Chief Minister Narayan Rane on Monday claimed the party high command did not consult the state leaders on the issue.
“I had written to the party leadership. But they didn’t consult state leaders before making the announcement. It would have been in the party’s interest had we been consulted. But it seems the party hasn’t learned from the Lok Sabha and Assembly rout,” Rane said.
“Before making the appointments, the party should have given thought to who can handle the state Congress affairs,” Rane said.
He also lamented the manner in which former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and outgoing state unit chief Manikrao Thakre handle the Assembly elections.
“I don’t oppose Nirupam because he is a north Indian. However, ahead of Mumbai corporation polls in 2017, care should have been taken to see if such an appointment is desirable,’’ he said.
Earlier, reacting to Rane’s adverse remarks, Nirupam said there was no need to rake up the Marath-non-Marathi issue. “I am a Bihari by birth but a Mumbaikar by ‘karma’,” he said.
“We will try to seek Rane’s views,” Ashok Chavan said, when told that Rane was sulking. “We will take everyone into confidence while discharging our duty,” he said.