Mumbai, March 3: Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane was offered Rajya Sabha candidature by the Bharatiya Janata Party at a meeting in the national capital on Wednesday night. While Rane claimed that he got the offer, no one from the BJP came forward to corroborate his claim. Also Read - COVID-19: Mumbai's Vacant Properties Will be Used as Quarantine Centres, Says BMC in Fresh Circular
“I have not yet decided about the offer,” Rane said. Also Read - BMC Circular, Directing That Bodies of COVID-19 Patients Only be Cremated, Withdrawn
“Amit Shah asked me whether I was interested in a Rajya Sabha seat as the NDA candidate. Earlier, I was planning to go to Delhi (only) after 2019 (Lok Sabha election). I have not yet decided about Shah’s offer. I have sought some time (from Shah) to think over it,” Rane said. Also Read - Bodies of COVID-19 Patients Should be Cremated Irrespective of Religion: BMC
Rane was hopeful of being inducted in the Maharashtra Cabinet. The meeting called by BJP president Amit Shah was attended by Rane, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar.
“I met Shah with Fadnavis, where the chief minister told me he was facing some problems in inducting me into the state cabinet. I am hopeful that he will resolve them soon as I am not going to wait too long for my induction,” he said.
Rane floated the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh after he quit the Congress in 2017 following a 12-year stint. Soon after forming the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh, Rane had announced his support to the BJP-led NDA.
The BJP has 122 MLAs in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly and is in a position to get three candidates elected to the Rajya Sabha, sources in the saffron party said.
The deadline for submission of nominations is March 12 and the election is scheduled on March 23.
With inputs from PTI