I Would Have Slapt Him: Narayan Rane, UM
Mumbai, August 24: Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri police have arrested Union Minister Narayan Rane over a controversial statement. Earlier, the Bombay High Court had refused to hear Rane’s plea to close the FIR.
According to sources, Union Minister Rane said during a public blessing march in Rayagada district on Monday that it was a shame that the Chief Minister did not know how many years had passed since India’s independence.
Earlier, during a speech, Uddhav Thackerey had looked back and confirmed about it.
“If I had been there, I would have slapped him” Rane claimed that while addressing the public on August 15, Thackeray had forgotten how many years had passed since his independence. In the middle of the speech, Rane said he (Uddhav) asked his colleagues how many years had passed since Independence Day.
Shiv Sena had lodged a complaint against Rane in Nashik, Pune and Mahad. Bitterness between Shiv Sena and the Bharatiya Janata Party also escalated after Rane’s statement. Clashes broke out between activists from both parties outside Rane’s residence in Chiplun.
Notably, Narayan Rane who built his career in Shiv Sena, got expelled, joined Congress, got suspended and eventually joined BJP, and has now been arrested.