Week after Thackerayís death, Rane meets Raj

Exactly a week after Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray passed away, Maharashtra Industries Minister and former Shiv Sena leader Narayan Rane on Saturday called on Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief and Thackeray's nephew Raj Thackeray to express his condolences.

Rane had not attended the Shiv Sena chief's state funeral on Sunday at Shivaji Park where leaders cutting across parties including top BJP leadership had come.

Rane met the MNS chief for close to half an hour at Raj's residence. Sources said Rane also wanted to meet Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav, but the meeting did not take place. Rane was chief minister in the then Sena-BJP government for almost a year in 1999 after Manohar Joshi quit over allegations of corruption. After quitting the Shiv Sena, Rane joined the Congress and took along around a dozen MLAs from the Sena with him.

I K Gujral hospitalised, condition serious

Former Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral has been admitted to the Medicity Medanta Hospital here with a lung infection and his condition is said to be "serious".

Gujral, 92, who has been unwell for sometime, was put on the ventilator on Saturday after his condition deteriorated. He was on dialysis for over a year now and had suffered a serious chest infection some days ago. His son and MP Naresh Gujral said he was not well and was serious. Hospital sources said Gujral's condition is "near stable". Gujral was admitted to the hospital four days ago with complaints of chest pain.

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