Nitesh Narayan Rane is an Indian politician and businessman. He is the son of the Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Narayan Tatya Rane.
Nitesh Narayanrao Rane was born on Wednesday, 23 June 1982 (age 40 years; as of 2022) in Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India. His zodiac sign is Cancer.
He did SSC at Salisbury School, US in 1998, and HSC from Maharashtra State Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education, Pune in 2000. Later, he pursued MBA from Middlesex University, London (2006)
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Parents & Siblings
His father, Narayan Tatya Rane, is an Indian politician and former Chief Minister of Maharashtra. His mother, Neelam Narayan Rane, is a businesswoman. His brother, Nilesh Narayan Rane, was a member of the 15th Lok Sabha.
Wife & Children
On 28 November 2010, he got married to the Indian businesswoman Rutuja Rane at Hotel Grand Hyatt, Mumbai. The couple has a son named Nimesh Nitesh Rane.
His grandfather’s name is Tatu Sitaram Rane, and his grandmother’s name is Laxmibai Rane.
House No. 179 Varavade Palshiwadi, Phanasgaon, Sindhudurg, Maharashtra
After completing his MBA in London, he returned to Mumbai and started ‘Swabhiman Sanghatana,’ an NGO that works to address various social issues such as basic health services, infrastructure, and unemployment. Meanwhile, he started supporting his father (a member of the Indian National Congress) in his political career. In 2008, one of the members of the Swabhiman Sanghatana named Viral Dholakia died in a police lathi charge while he was protesting in front of the headquarters of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. In 2010, Nitesh, along with other Congress activists, had an argument with Shiv Sainiks over flagging off a Konkan-bound train at Dadar railway station.
Later, the then State Congress president Manikrao Thakre did not like the growing influence of Swabhiman and asked Nitesh to stop the activities of the NGO. Thakre said that when they had Youth Congress then there was no need to run a parallel organization. After the incident, Nitesh left the city Youth Congress and asked for the position of Chief of State Youth Congress. As his father had a good influence in Congress, Nitesh maintained his position in Congress. Later, Swabhimaan Sanghatana (Nitesh’s NGO) launched a toll-free water helpline number in 2010 for the residents of Mumbai. During an interview, while raising questions over the intention of the BJP-Shiv Sena government over the water issue in Maharashtra, Nitesh said,
They have been claiming that the civic body is disconnecting unauthorised water connections. Two of Sena’s party offices, in Chembur and Mahim, have unauthorised connections. Why haven’t they been disconnected?”
Swabhimaan Sanghatana entered the Guinness World Records in 2011 for providing jobs to 25,300 unemployed youths. In 2012, under the name of his NGO, Nitesh started a few training programs such as Sindhudurg Tour Guide and Naukri Express to provide employment to the local youths.
In 2014, he won from the Kankavli constituency as a Congress representative in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly elections. He defeated Pramod Jathar from BJP by 25979 votes. In 2019, he left Congress and joined the BJP and won the seat of the Kankavli constituency by 84,504 votes.
Apart from being a politician, he has invested in many private companies. Nitesh is the director of around eleven private companies including:
- Amison Fisheries Limited
- Rane Ventures Private Limited
- Sindhudurg Food Products Private Limited
- Nilesh Spices and Masala Mills Private Limited
- NNR Steel Private Limited
- Skywalk Builders Private Limited
- Nice Auto Dealer Private Limited
- Neelam Hotels Private Limited
- Laksh Properties Private Limited
- Excel Realty Holdings Private Limited
- NNR Biofuels Limited
Accused of Attempt to Murder
In 2010, a medical store owner in Uttar Pradesh named Chintu Sheikh filed an attempt to murder case against Nitesh Rane. While talking to the reporters, Chintu said,
Rane shot me in the Khar office of Swabhiman Sanghatana, where I went to congratulate Rane on the birth of his nephew. Nitesh was annoyed at the sweets offering as he had suffered loss in business.”
Later, during the investigation the local police found out that Chintu was lying as the injuries caused to him were by some sharp object and not by a bullet. In 2012, after Sheikh’s appeal at the Bombay High Court, the case was transferred to the CBI.
Setting Up Illegal Stalls
Nitesh’s NGO Swabhimaan Sanghatana had set up a few illegal stalls of vada pav in Maharashtra, in 2011. Later, the BMC removed all the illegal stalls including Nitesh’s Chhatrapati Vada Pav centre at Powai.
Illegal Birthday Banners
In 2012, on Nitesh’s birthday, his supporters erected birthday banners and hoardings in various areas of Bandra and Khar in Mumbai for which an FIR was registered against Nitesh and his supporters.
Vandalise a Toll Plaza
In 2013, Nitesh and his supporters had an argument with the staff of the toll plaza in Pernem village, Goa. Later, they destroyed the property of the toll plaza, and for the act, a case was filed against Nitesh and his supporters.
Remarks on the Gujarati Community
In 2013, he tweeted a controversial statement against the Gujaratis. His tweet reads,
Veg skies,Veg hospitals,Veg housing societies..soon Veg Mumbai! Either Gujjus go back to Gujarat or they turn Mumbai into Gujarat..Red alert!”
Later, when the reporters asked him about the statement, he said,
All I have been saying is that the Gujaratis living in should know where they belong and where their loyalties lie. They live and earn their livelihood in this city, but praise Modi and Gujarat’s development model. Such people should leave Mumbai and move to Gujarat.”
Arrested for Misbehaving with a Government Officer
Nitesh was arrested on 12 July 2017 for throwing a fish at a government officer in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. The incident happened during his meeting with the fisheries commissioner of Sindhudurg. Later, he was released on a bail.
Mud Attack on a Government Official
In July 2019, he was again arrested for misbehaving with a government official. This time, he threw mud at Prakash Khedekar, a deputy engineer. As per the media sources, Nitesh was unhappy with the condition of the Mumbai-Goa highway. Under section 353 of IPC, he was arrested by the local police.
Lookout Circulars for Unpaid Loans
In 2021, a lookout notice was issued against Nitesh and his mother for a loan default case of more than Rs. 65 crores. The notice was circulated by the Crime Branch of the Pune Police.
Attack on the Shiv Sena Activist
Reportedly, in December 2021, while campaigning for the Sindhudurg District Co-operative Bank elections, he allegedly attacked the Shiv Sena activist Santosh Parab. In February 2022, his bail plea was rejected by a court in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra.
Protest Against the OBC Reservation in Maharashtra
Nitesh Rane and a few other BJP members protested against the reservation for the OBC category in Maharashtra. The protest was against Uddhav Thackeray led The Maha Vikas Aghadi government. Reportedly, when Aditya Thackeray was entering the gate of the Maharashtra Legislative assembly, Nitesh and his supporters started mocking Aditya by making the voice of a cat ‘meow meow.’ Later, a ban on the membership of Nitesh was demanded by the Shiv Sena MLA Suhas Kande.
Defaming Disha Salian
Nitesh Rane and his father were alleged of maligning the image of the late Indian celebrity manager Disha Salian. Disha’s parents wrote a letter to Indian President Ram Nath Kovind in which they requested to take action against Rane for portraying a wrong image of their daughter. The letter reads,
Our life has gone haywire and becomes miserable because of our daughter’s death and after that this blatant falsehood spread by Rane and others. Even after registration of offence, Union Minister Rane and his son have not stopped maligning our name. It seems we will not get justice till we are alive as their right to spread falsehood is more important than our fundamental right to life, right to privacy and live with dignity. We, therefore, request you to issue directions to the concerned authorities to take appropriate steps so that justice is done, otherwise we will be left with no other alternative but to end our lives.”
Moveable (worth Rs. 13.78 crores)
- Cash- Rs. 95,210
- Deposits in Banks- Rs. 67,53,266
- Bonds, Debentures and Shares- Rs. 74,34,634
- NSS, Postal Savings etc- Rs. 17,19,816
- LIC or other insurance Policies- Rs. 27,28,273
- Personal loans/advance- Rs. 7,86,18,592
- Motor Vehicles- Rs. 1,38,52,823
- Jewellery- Rs. 1,51,32,740
- Other assets- Rs. 1,14,82,956
Immovable (worth Rs.26,08,320)
Rs. 6.33 crores approx. (as of 2019)
- Nitesh Rane is a cartoonist, and he loves to share his opinions through his humorous sketches.
- In 2021, the “Missing” posters of Nitesh Narayan Rane were placed near the BJP office in Girgaon, Maharashtra, and on the poster, it was mentioned that whoever would find him would be rewarded a hen.
- Nitesh Rane follows a non-vegetarian diet.