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Narayan Rane Floats Political Party In Maharashtra, BJP Alliance Rumored

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| October 1 , 2017 , 15:44 IST

Former Congress leader Narayan T. Rane after parting ways with his party has decided to pave way for himself forming a new political party in the state names Maharashtra Swabhiman Party (MSP).

Formed in the name of working for the overall and all-inclusive development of the state, Narayan Rane's party is already rumoured to be forming alliances with the in-power NDA government.

The now MSP chief Rane was earlier with the Congress Party for 12 years, before which he was a part of Shiv Sena.

Talking about the newly formed political party Rane said, "The motto of the MSP shall be fulfilling all our commitments and work for the interests of the people of the state. After setting up the party organization, we shall decide on our future course including allying with the NDA."

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While Rane has been known for his disagreements with ruling Shiv Sena, he has been an outright supporter of the BJP's ambitious bullet train project claiming that it was "a development project".

Rane has been the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for nearly a year back in 1999 with the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance. However, the leader later quit the party to join the opposition Congress in year 2005.

Last month, the veteran leader left the Congress Party sparking speculation that he might join the Bharatiya Janata Party. Reportedly, he had met with a number of its leaders including BJP national president Amit Shah and state chief Raosaheb Patil-Danve.

Rana's party brings in a new political landscape in Maharashtra, which is already crowded with numerous big shot parties including BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Maharashtra Navnirman Sena, Republican Party of India.