India, Oct. 15 -- Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Tuesday rallied behind the Bharatiya Janata Party's candidate in Kankavli of Sindhudurg district, Nitish Rane, in another showdown with ally Shiv Sena ahead of the October 21 state elections.

The endorsement for Nitish came after his father and former chief minister Narayan Rane merged his Maharashtra Swabhimaan Paksha with the BJP in Kankavli in Fadnavis' presence.

After the BJP fielded Nitesh, who had won on a Congress ticket in 2014, the Sena nominated Satish Sawant against him for the Kankavli assembly seat in a retaliatory move. Sawant, a close aide of Narayan Rane for 24 years, had earlier filed his nomination as an Independent candidate.

The Shiv Sena and Narayan ...