Mini Biography :
Narayan Rane (born April 10, 1952) is the current Revenue Minister, Government of Maharashtra and a former Chief Minister of Maharashtra state. He was a member of Shiv Sena until July 2005 when he joined Indian National Congress party. Before joining politics he was a member of Hanya-Narya gang in Chembur area, which is a suburb of Mumbai. Bal Thackeray has publicly said in media interviews that he had made a local gangster into a chief minister, an apparent reference to Rane. He also worked with sales tax department of state govt of Maharashtra. On December 6, 2008 he was suspended from the Indian National Congress for passing infavourable comments about the party. On February 19, 2009 his suspension was cancelled by the party after he wrote a letter of forgiveness to the party head, Sonia Gandhi.
On 3 July, 2005, Rane was kicked out from Shiv Sena and subsequently after twenty days left Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. The reason behind this was his apparently being sidelined by the party and party boss, Balasaheb Thackeray and the rise of his son Udhav Thackeray.He was admitted to the Indian National Congress and made Revenue Minister of Maharashtra, a powerful ministry. Rane sought re-election from his seat, Malvan in the Konkan region on a Congress ticket and won by over 50,000 votes despite a well fought and organised campaign by the Shiv Sena.
In 2007, his candidates lost the by-elections from Mumbai in the Assembly and he was unable to make any impact in the Mumbai Municipal polls, where the Shiv Sena and the BJP won for the third consecutive time.
In December 2007, he went public against the incumbent Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Vilasrao Deshmukh, who is from his own party, in a bid to secure the office of Chief Minister again.