Narayan Rane is an Indian politician who now belongs to the Indian National Congress Party. He is currently the Minister of Industry, Port, Employment and Self-employment in the Government of Maharashtra. He was also the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
Early Life & Background
Rane was born on 10th April 1952 in a low income family. Before joining politics, Rane along with his friend, has started a chicken shop.
Journey in Politics
At an early age, Rane entered into politics and joined the political party Shiv Sena. He was appointed as local Shakha Pramukh of Chembur by Shiv Sena. He soon became the Councillor of Kopargaon. He made all his efforts to consolidate the Shiv Sena in the Sindhudurg Taluka. Meanwhile, he developed as a young dynamic leader. At the same time, Chhagan Bhujbal made his exist from Shiv Sena and joined Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), while Rane made his impression in front of Balasaheb Thackeray. He first fought the election in 1990 from Shiv Sena. In 1996, he became the Minister of Revenue, Dairy Development, Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, Khar Lands, Special Assistance and Rehabilitation.
In 1999, when Manohar Joshi stepped down from the post of Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Narayan Rane succeeded him. Later, when Uddhav Thackeray became the leader of Shiv Sena, Rane developed few differences with him and was expelled from the party in July 2005. He then, resigned from the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly.
In August 2005, Rane joined Indian National Congress Party. He was then appointed as the Revenue Minister of Maharashtra by the Congress. Later, Congress gave him the ticket for elections of Konkan region. He won the elections with a lead of over 50,000 votes and defeated the Shiv Sena’s candidate. In 2005, he became the Minister of Revenue, and then, Minister of Industries in 2009.
In between, he had some rifts with Congress, and thus, he was suspended from the party. However, he was inducted back into the party, and was offered the post of Minister of Industry of Maharashtra in 2010. Meanwhile, he also introduced his sons Nitesh and Nilesh Rane in Politics.
Rane has became the member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly or Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha for 6 six years. He has also contested for the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly when he left Shiv Sena in 2005. Even after joining Indian National Congress, he became an MLA, and is also the current member of Maharashtra Vidhan Sabha.
On October 2008, Narayan Rane launched the Marathi newspaper named ‘Prahaar’, with an intention to use it as a weapon of public awareness and for the development of Maharashtra. He was the consulting editor of the newspaper. In two years’ time, Prahaar became the most widely read Marathi paper in Maharashtra.
Rane is married to Neelam Rane and the couple has two sons named Nitesh and Nilesh Rane. Both of them are active members of Indian National Congress.