Narayan Rane willing to contest Bandra East bypoll

Senior Congress leader Narayan Rane is willing to contest the Assembly bypoll from Bandra East seat in suburban Mumbai, slated for next month.

"If the party nominates me, I am ready to contest," Rane, who had served as cabinet minister in previous Congress-NCP government, told PTI here today.

Narayan Rane, accompanied by his sons Nitesh (left) and Nilesh, at a press conference.
Narayan Rane, flanked by his sons Nitesh (left) and Nilesh. Pic/Bipin Kokate

Rane said he was earlier asked about contesting the bypoll and had then said that he would convey his decision at the appropriate time.

"I have made up my mind," he said.

The bypoll, to be held on April 11, was necessitated following the tragic death of sitting Shiv Sena MLA Bala Sawant.

Rane had lost last year's Assembly election from Kudal in his home turf of Sindhudurg district to lost to the Shiv Sena’s Vaibhav Naik by a margin of over 10,000 votes.

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