Devendra Fadnavis Meets Amit Shah; Discuss Maharashtra Cabinet Reshuffle, Narayan Rane’s Induction
Ahmedabad, November 22: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah and senior leader Chandrakant Patil met on Monday night to discuss state Cabinet reshuffle, induction of former chief minister Narayan Rane and state unit’s efforts for upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections, party sources said.
While Fadnavis said that the meeting was to discuss Gujarat elections, sources said the leaders talked about Rane’s induction into the Cabinet and a candidate for the legislative by-election. Fadnavis and Patil met Shah in Ahmedabad around 11 PM, Hindustan Times reported.
According to the sources, Rane is believed to be pushing to get inducted as minister ahead of the Maharashtra legislature’s winter session and not be delayed for the proposed Cabinet reshuffle.
Leaders in the BJP said the state Cabinet reshuffle will be held only after Gujarat elections and winter session of state legislature.
“It is almost certain that the party will field a candidate in the council elections rather than support Rane so as to avoid a possible embarrassment ahead of the Gujarat polls,” a party leader said, on condition of anonymity. The by-election is being held as Rane quit as MLC.
BJP’s ally Shiv Sena, opposition parties Congress, Nationalist Congress Party may play a spoiler for Rane if he contests the by-election. The BJP and Rane have reportedly decided to not field him in the bypoll and wait until the next round of council elections in June or July next year.
Rane had set up his own party, the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha, after resigning from the Congress. He was Maharashtra chief minister in 1999 when he was in the Shiv Sena. He had quit the Sena in 2005 and joined the Congress.
A prominent leader from the influential Maratha community, Rane hails from Sindhudurg district of the Konkan region.