Three FIRs have been registered against Union minister Narayan Rane in different parts of Maharashtra for his controversial remarks against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Notably, Rane is now likely to be arrested over his remarks about slapping the CM for what he claimed as the latter’s ignorance of the year of India’s independence.
FIRs against Rane have been registered in Pune, Nashik and Mahad, and media reports are suggesting that Nashik Police have rushed for his arrest at Chiplun where he is present today for the Jan Ashirwad Yatra. However, the police are tight-lipped about the issue. Rane’s remarks against the CM have also irked the Shiv Sena.
Meanwhile, Rane, on Tuesday, said, “I have not committed any offence. The reports of my arrest are false. I have not received any intimation of the legal action or arrest notice.” The minister also said that the police should understand that his party (BJP) is running the government at the Centre.
What Narayan Rane had said
The Union minister during his Jan Ashirwad Yatra in Raigad district on Monday said, “It is shameful that the chief minister does not know the year of independence. He leaned back to enquire about the count of years of independence during his speech. Had I been there, I would have given (him) a tight slap.”
Rane began his political life in Mumbai with the party led by Bal Thackeray in the late 1960s. He entered the Maharashtra Assembly in 1990 as a Sena MLA. In February 1999 he was sworn in as Maharashtra’s 13th chief minister. That stint was short as the then Shiv Sena-BJP combine lost the state Assembly elections held later that year.
In 2005, Rane parted ways with the Shiv Sena following irreconcilable differences with the Thackerays. After quitting the Sena, he joined the Congress and was made state revenue minister. He quit the Congress in 2017, saying he had joined it on assurance of being put in the state’s top position in six months. He founded the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksha with his two sons Nilesh and Nitesh as his key generals but later merged it with the BJP.
Shiv Sena’s reaction
Rane’s remarks have miffed the Shiv Sena, whose workers put several posters in Mumbai and other places, calling him a ‘kombdi chor’ (chicken stealer), a reference to the poultry shop he ran in Chembur five decades ago, during his initial stint with the Bal Thackeray-led party.
Shiv Sena’s Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg MP Vinayak Raut said Rane has lost his mental balance. “To impress BJP leadership, Rane has been attacking Shiv Sena and its leaders. He lost his mental balance after his induction into the Modi-led ministry. Modi should show him the door,” Raut said.
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