Narayan Rane says ‘would have slapped Uddhav’; draws Shiv Sena’s ire

Prime News, National, Politics, Mumbai, August 24:- Union Minister Narayan Rane has sparked off a row over his remarks about slapping Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for what he claimed as the latter’s ignorance of the year of India’s independence. An FIR was registered in the matter against Rane under sections 153 and 505 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Some reports said a team of Nashik Police has left for Chiplun in Konkan region, where Rane is present now, after the FIR was registered against Rane. There is no word yet from the police on these developments. There is speculation that Rane may be arrested over the remarks against the chief minister.

“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 said during his Jan Ashirwad Yatra in adjoining Raigad district on Monday.

The BJP leader and former Shiv Sena chief minister claimed Thackeray forgot the year of independence during his August 15 address to the people of the state. Thackeray had to check the year of independence with his aides midway during the speech that day, Rane said.

Rane’s remarks drew sharp reactions from 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.

After quitting the Sena, Narayan Rane 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. Rane flagged off his political life in Mumbai with the son-of-the-soil party led by Bal Thackeray in the late 1960s. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)

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