Maharashtra Former chief minister Narayan Rane’s Maharashtra Swabhimani Party (MSP) will enter the election battle with a bucket symbol.
Rane’s party will fight the Lok Sabha and state assembly elections on the bucket poll symbol. The party was allotted the symbol by the election commission this week.
He will announce the allotment of the symbol at a meeting of his party workers in Bandra on Friday evening.
Rane said, “My party is going to fight the Lok Sabha and state assembly elections with full power. We have already started preparing for that and preparations are going well. Now we have got a poll symbol of our own. We will make the formal announcement in the evening.”
The senior politician is also holding a special meeting to address Konkani residents in the city who are considered to be Rane supporters.
With no alliance openly willing to take Rane into their fold, Rane has thrown his hat in the election ring on his own.
Left out of the two alliances, Rane was trying to strike a deal with the NCP to bag the Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg Lok Sabha seat, which his son Nilesh is set to contest. Rane had floated the party in October 2017, after quitting the Congress.
Rane declared that his elder son and former MP Nilesh Rane will be his party candidate from the Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg seat.
While addressing a party workers’ rally last month, Rane said: “Alliances are being discussed on both sides (referring to the Congress-NCP and the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance). But we won’t go with any of them. We will fight on our own.”