KANKAVLI (SINDHUDURG), Oct. 16 -- Former chief minister Narayan Rane on Tuesday merged his political outfit, Maharashtra Swabhimaan Paksha (MSP), with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.

The CM also campaigned for Rane's son Nitesh who is contesting from Kankavli in Sindhudurg district. The Shiv Sena has fielded a candidate opposite Nitesh. In a snub to the Shiv Sena, Fadnavis said he was confident that Nitesh will get around one-third of the votes in the constituency.

Rane is a member of the Rajya Sabha from the BJP's quota, while Nitesh formally joined the BJP before filing nomination for the Assembly elections. On Tuesday, Rane's other son Nilesh, a former MP, and other office-bearers o...