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After Minister’s Arrest, Rivals Uddhav Thackeray, Narayan Rane Share Stage


Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took a number of potshots at Narayan Rane (File)

New Delhi:

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Union Minister Narayan Rane shared a stage on Saturday as they inaugurated an airport in Sindhudurg district.

It ought to have been a routine public occasion however for one drawback – in August Mr Thackeray’s authorities arrested Mr Rane (a former Shiv Sena chief) for feedback criticising the Chief Minister’s “ignorance of the yr India received Independence”.

The swipes and jabs began with Mr Rane, who’s from Sindhudurg, took the chance to spotlight his contributions after being elected as its MLA for the primary time in 1990.

He mentioned that it was beneath instructions from the late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray he was deputed to Sindhudurg, and that it was as a consequence of his efforts the Konkan area obtained an infrastructure enhance.

Stung, Uddhav Thackeray (Bal Thackeray’s son), reminded Mr Rane: “Balasaheb Thackeray didn’t like mendacity… a number of occasions such folks had been kicked out of the Shiv Sena. He (Bal Thackeray) would say, ‘Even when the reality is bitter, please say it.”

Mr Thackeray provided up a second sarcastic swipe for good measure; he referred to the long-lasting Sindhudurg fort and reminded folks it had been constructed Shivaji.

“… or somebody will say I did it,” he quipped, in keeping with information company PTI.

The Chief Minister wasn’t fairly performed both.

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Union Minister Narayan Rane was as soon as with the Shiv Sena earlier than a falling-out with the Thackerays (File)

“You (Mr Rane) are a minister… so what it if it (Mr Rane’s publish) is ‘micro and small’. It is a vital portfolio, and you should use it to profit Maharashtra,” he mentioned.

Narayan Rane, presently out on bail on medical grounds, is the union minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

Mr Rane’s remark and arrest – the primary time in 20 years a union minister was taken into custody – triggered (one more) spat between former allies Shiv Sena and the BJP.

The previous has accused the latter of supporting insults in opposition to Maharashtra, and Mr Rane has returned the praise by claiming his former occasion was encouraging his critics.

Mr Rane’s remark additionally got here shortly earlier than elections to Mumbai’s civic physique, the BMC, and the Sena promptly claimed he was making an attempt to impress voters.

The high-stakes, high-prestige election is scheduled for February and has already ratcheted up the political pressure within the state.

With enter from PTI

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