MUMBAI, Oct. 15 -- Former Maharashtra chief minister Narayan Rane is at the cusp of a new beginning as he joins the Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of the Assembly elections. His move to the BJP was opposed by his former party Shiv Sena, and now Rane aims to minimise Sena's presence in Sindhudurg and regain his citadel. Excerpts from interview:

The Shiv Sena does not have the strength it earlier had when I built it. The Sena has become commercial. The sainiks, who were there earlier, are all with me now. The ones who are there now are all new; they have come from other parties. There is no alliance in Sindhudurg. They (Sena) fielded a candidate in Kankavli despite this being a BJP seat. They did not adhere to alliance dharma so BJP put up can...