Narayan Rane told reporters that the Maha Viks Aghadi (MVA) government of the Sena, the NCP and the INC had “messed up” the administrative affairs in the time of the unprecedented crisis (the coronavirus pandemic). “This government lacks the capacity to run a government. Maharashtra should be put under president’s rule. The governor should step in,” he said.
Earlier, NCP chief Sharad Pawar had met the governor. It was called an
“apolitical, courtesy” meeting. In the last few days, several BJP politicians, including former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, met the governor on the issue of coronavirus crisis.
Rane, a Rajya Sabha MP, said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was
inexperienced who cannot steer the administration and the police force effectively.
“The condition of hospitals run by the state government and civic
bodies is pathetic,” Rane said. The military should take charge of these functions and help in improving the situation on the healthcare front, he added.
Rane was a member of Shiv Sena and opposition leader of Vidhan Sabha until July 2005 before he joined INC. He quit the INC in September 2017 and launched the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha.
On 1 October 2017, Rane floated a new political party called the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha and indicated to ally with
Bharatiya Janata Party.
In 2018, he declared support for BJP and was elected to the Rajya Sabha on his new party’s nomination. On 15 October 2019, he joined BJP and his party Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha was merged into the BJP.
Today, Maharashtra reported 2,436 fresh infections while 1,186 patients were discharged. The state has recorded 52,667 active cases with 15,786 recoveries and 1,635 deaths till last morning, making it one of the worst-hit states in the country.