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Maharashtra politics: When Narayan Rane showed the courage to ask questions to Balasaheb Thackeray… and became the CM of Maharashtra

Balasaheb Thackeray had asked Narayan Rane on several occasions that if Joshi was removed, could he take over the responsibility of running the state? And then the matter was dropped.

It is said that if Narayan Rane had remained silent in front of Balasaheb Thackeray that day too, then perhaps the decision to remove Manohar Joshi from the post of Chief Minister could have been postponed. But Rane’s courage to ask questions at the same time fixed the departure of Manohar Joshi from the post of Chief Minister.

In Maharashtra, Shiv Sena-BJP got the chance to come to power for the first time in the year 1995 elections. It is good for Manohar Joshi that his name was finally decided by Balasaheb for the Chief Minister of the coalition government. After taking oath as the Chief Minister, Manohar Joshi had also said that ‘he considers himself very fortunate that Saheb considered him worthy to take up such an important responsibility’.

Takhi changed Balasaheb’s mind
With the ‘blessings’ of Saheb, he went on to run the government. About four years passed, but he could not get any idea that something else was going on in the mind of ‘Saheb’. Balasaheb was now contemplating a change in the leadership of the government with some of his trusted allies in the wake of the tussle in the ties between the Shiv Sena and the BJP and the changing mood of Manohar Joshi.

Narayan Rane dares
On several occasions, he had asked Narayan Rane that if Joshi was removed, could he take over the responsibility of running the state? And then the matter was dropped. But one day he called Rane ‘Matoshree’ and asked the same question. Rane did not know from where did the courage come that day. It is said that he asked Balasaheb, ‘Saheb, you have said this many times, but when will you remove Joshi?’

This is how the new CM was announced
Balasaheb immediately called his assistant and dictated a letter to Joshi, ‘You submit your resignation to the governor. Come to meet us only after submitting your resignation. The next day Balasaheb called a meeting of party legislators, in which he announced the name of Narayan Rane as the new Chief Minister.

Narayan Rane

Narayan Rane, Bal Thackeray (File photo)


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