Prime News, National (Mumbai), August 26:- The Shiv Sena on Thursday claimed Union minister Narayan Rane undermined the pride and prestige of Maharashtra and action against him was taken as per the law over his controversial remarks against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. An editorial in the Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’ also claimed that “Rane’s days in the Union Babinet were numbered”.
Earlier this week, Rane sparked off a row over his remarks about slapping Thackeray for what he claimed as the latter’s ignorance of the year of India’s independence. He was arrested from Ratnagiri in Maharashtra on Tuesday and later granted bail by a court at Mahad in Raigad. His remarks had led to protests across Maharashtra. The Shiv Sena and BJP activists also clashed with each other near his residence in Mumbai on Tuesday.
On media reportage of his ‘imminent arrest’ in the case, Rane had said hours before his arrest that he was not a ænormal’ (ordinary) man and cautioned the media against such reportage.
The editorial in ‘Saamana’ said, “Since Rane is not a normal person, he undermines the pride and prestige of Maharashtra. The BJP should at least understand now.” It claimed that Rane has said Maharashtra can’t fight the Centre since there is a BJP government.
“Even Maharashtra’s enemies did not undermine the state like Rane did,” the Marathi daily said.
It said action against Rane over his remarks against the CM was done as per the law. “Law is same for everyone – be it a normal or an abnormal person. At least now the BJP should not ask if the rule of law prevails in the state,” said the Sena, which shares power with the NCP and Congress in Maharashtra. It said a case was filed against Rane, like it would have been done in any other case.
“Someone threatens a person, who then files a case under the IPC and then police act as per the procedure…nothing different happened in Rane’s case. Hence, the opposition BJP’s claim of a Talibani rule in the state is baseless,” it said. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).