Mumbai: Woes continue to dog the Congress—first infighting during the recently held civic elections and now a senior leader throwing a tantrum. Narayan Rane is upset over absence of party protocol in the Upper House. Rane has threatened to quit Congress if he does not get proper ‘respect’ in terms of seating arrangement.

According to the protocol in the Council, the first seat at the left hand of Chairman of the House is reserved for the deputy chairman, the second seat is for the Leader of opposition and the third and fourth seats are for the group leaders of the opposition parties.

At present, Sunil Takare, group leader of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and then Sharad Ranpise, group leader of Congress sits on the fourth and fifth seat respectively. Rane demanded the third seat for himself, as he is a former chief minister. According to the seating arrangement, Rane has to sit on the fifth seat in the first row, which is in front of the chairman of the Council.

According to Congress insider, on Sunday, Rane scolded Ranpise outside the Governor’s House for not giving him respect in the Council, on Sunday. “The incident occurred when Congress and NCP delegation had met Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao,” the sources said.

Rane had threatened to quit Congress party if he is denied the proper respect, claimed the source. Rane was not available for the comment. He went to Sindhudurg to meet the family members of the two persons who died of monkey-fever a few days ago.

Meanwhile, Rane was present at the Governor’s speech in the morning on the first day of the budget session. He however did not participate in the business of the House in the second half of the day. Hence, Congress members were worried about Rane’s moves. Rane kept his mobile switched off throughout the day. Ramraje Naik-Nimbalkar, Chairman of the Upper House was expected to hold a meeting over Rane’s issue. But the meeting has been postponed for today.

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