Maharashtra minister Narayan Rane quits state ministry as son loses to Shiv Sena nominee

Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane on Friday resigned from his post in the Congress-NCP government in the wake of defeat of his son and sitting MP from Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg seat, Nilesh Rane on his home turf by a Shiv Sena candidate.

Rane has forwarded his resignation to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, sources said.

Nilesh lost to Shiv Sena nominee Vinayak Raut in a close contest.

When contacted, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) president Manikrao Thakre confirmed Rane's resignation.

"Although Rane has tendered his resignation over the loss of his son Nilesh, the same will not be accepted. We will hold discussions with him and find a way out," Thakre told PTI.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray has left for Ratnagiri district where he is likely to address a 'victory rally' for Raut.

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