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Maharashtra Elections 2019: Nitesh Rane inches to victory in Kankavli

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The Bharatiya Janata Party’s Nitesh Rane, son of former Maharashtra Chief Minister Narayan Rane, is inching to victory in the Kankavli Assembly segment in Sindhudurg. The seat is a traditional bastion of the Rane clan.

The BJP's move to field Mr Rane, who was already a sitting MLA from Kankavli, had severely irked its ally, the Shiv Sena, which in turn propped up its own nominee, local Sena leader Satish Sawant. Mr. Rane has taken a lead of more than 16,000 votes over Mr. Sawant.

Nitesh Rane had won the Kankavli seat in 2014 Assembly elections on a Congress ticket. His father, Narayan Rane, had exited the Congress in 2017. Both father and son had only recently made their official entries into the BJP. Mr. Rane, a former Shiv Sainik, has alleged the Sena of deliberately delaying his entry into the BJP because of the past acrimony between himself and the Sena.

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