Mumbai: Welcoming Narayan Rane's decision to withdraw his resignation, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said he has "forgotten" the personal remarks made by the senior Congress leader against him a few days ago.
Narayan Rane and Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan
"I think that whatever happened, whatever was said, must have been with certain emotions. I have forgotten it. I think even Congress workers will forget it and we will move ahead," Chavan said. After resigning from the state government on July 21, Rane had criticised the Chief minister for "slow decision-making, lack of control over the administration" and other issues which affected the Congress' showing in the recent Lok Sabha elections.
Rane, who joined Congress in 2005 after quitting the Shiv Sena, had said the Congress leadership had reneged on the promise to make him Chief Minister within six months of joining the party. He announced yesterday that he was withdrawing the resignation and would campaign actively for Congress in the Assembly elections due in October. "The Lok Sabha poll results were unexpected, specially in Sindhudurg (where Rane's son lost his bid to retain the seat). It was shocking for Rane and all of us," Chavan said in a television interview. "It is not easy for anyone to recover from such a shock. That's why, out of desperation, he sent in his resignation letter to me when the results were being announced," he said.