Family drama in Rane family, MLA Nitesh is likely to shift from safe Kankavali to insecure Kudal seat


Observer claims it would be political suicide for senior Rane

Mumbai: Upset with defeat in Sindhudurg-Ratnagiri Lok Sabha polls for second consecutive time, Nilesh Narayan Rane is insisting his father to field him from Kankavli assembly seat. It is considered as safe seat as Rane’s second son and Congress’ sitting legislator Nitesh who has nurtured the constituency in such a way that he is expected to win the seat even if he were to contest the assembly polls as candidate from his father’s political outfit – Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh (MSP).

Nilesh is said to be upset with his father’s decision to contest 2019 LS polls despite his opposition. Now, he is insisting on contest the assembly polls from the safe constituency which is none other than the Kankavali seat which is represented by his younger brother Nitesh. Kankavli consists of Devgad and Vaibhavwadi talukas and if the local sources to be believed, Nitesh could retain the seat in 2019 assembly polls.

Local sources claimed that if senior Rane will field his elder son Nilesh from Kankavli, he (Nilesh) will definitely lose the poll. “If senior Rane does not have a pre-poll alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and decide to field his son as MSP candidate, the BJP would field either Sandesh Parkar, Pramod Jathar or Atul Ravrane from Kankavli.”

The sources said, “MSP party workers will support BJP to defeat Nilesh as they are unhappy with his working style and behaviour.” Meanwhile, Satish Sawant, President of Ratnagiri District Co-operative (DCC) Bank and Datta Samant, district president of Rane’s outfit MSP are other claimant from Kankavli seat. In a bid to please his elder son, senior Rane is expected to ask Nitesh to contest from Kudal-Malvan seat which is represented by Shiv Sena’s Vaibhav Naik.

The sources further added, Sena’s Vaibhav Naik has an iron fist like grip on his constituency. “Friendly behaviour with people from the constituency, placing a reassuring hand over the shoulder of the common man while talking with them, one to one contact with voters are the plus points of Naik. Nitesh has hardly any possible chance to stand in front of Naik in polls and most probably, Nitesh will lose the assembly polls from Kudal,” said the sources and claimed it would be political suicide for senior Rane to shift his winner son from safe constituency to an unsafe seat.

On the other hand, Narayan Rane, though elected as Rajya Sabha member in last year from the BJP quota, the Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has not yet given his nod to induct Rane into the BJP. The sources from MSP claimed Fadnavis is not ready to give his approval to Rane to join BJP. “The situation has changed now. Now, BJP and Shiv Sena have maintained good relations and Fadnavis is keeping the word of Sena president Uddhav Thackeray not to welcome Rane in the BJP fold,” the sources said. “Rane had been given RS seat so as to use him against Sena in Konkan region. Now, Rane is of no use for Fadnavis anymore,” added the source.

Senior Rane is waiting for BJP and Fadnavis stand on whether they will allow him to join BJP officially. If not, Rane may field both his sons in assembly polls as MSP candidate. However, the possibility of Rane resigning as RS member is less, the close confidant of Rane claimed. When contacted, senior Rane refused to speak over political issues at this moment.