Union Minister Arrest Occurring in Maharashtra

By Aneeb PA

The arrest of Union Minister Narayan Rane for allegedly slapping Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has intensified the dispute between the BJP and Shiv Sena. Rane is the third person in the country arrested while serving as Union Minister. Rane’s speech during the BJP’s Jan Ashirwad Yatra has sparked new controversies and tensions.

Rane’s controversial speech
Rane delivered the controversial speech at a public function in Raigad on Monday night as part of the Jana Ashirwad Yatra. Addressing the people on Independence Day, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray recalled the year of independence. It is an insult to the Chief Minister not to know the year of independence. If I had been there, they would have slapped me, ” Rane said during the speech. Following the reference, the police recorded four cases against Rane in different parts of the state. Cases are found in sections such as threatening to harm a public servant and attempting to disturb public order. The Ratnagiri court rejected Rane’s statement seeking advance bond. The Mumbai High Court declined to consider the petition immediately. After this, the police arrested Rane. Rane’s arrest by police while he was eating was also highly controversial. But the magistrates court granted Rane bail yesterday. The court rejected the police claim that Rane should be questioned in custody to learn more about the case.

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‘Violation of constitutional principles’
BJP National Chairman JP Nadda said that the arrest of Rajya Sabha Deputy and Union Minister Narayan Rane was a violation of constitutional principles. According to a report by India Today, JP Nadda has said that this will not stop the Jan Ashirwad Yatra. Union ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and Smriti Irani have accused the Maharashtra government of taking action against Narayan Rane for fear of public support for Jan Ashirwad Yatra. The Union Minister of State for Social Justice, Ramdas Atalwale, also said that Narayan Rane had not tried to insult the chief minister. The BJP does not support Narayan Rane’s statement. BJP spokesperson Sampit Patra and opposition leader Devendra Fadnavis said Rane should have avoided such comments. Maharashtra BJP MPs have also decided to meet with Lok Sabha Chairman Om Birla, claiming that the Maharashtra government has violated the special rights of Rajya Sabha MP Narayan Rane.

Shiv Sena wants Rane out
Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Routh has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to remove Narayan Rane from the Union cabinet, saying that he would slap the Prime Minister of Maharashtra. Maharashtra Minister and Shiv Sena leader Gulbrao Patil has said that Rane, who has lost his mental health, should receive shock treatment. Shiv Sena Samna’s cover story wrote a cover story harshly criticizing Rane. The introductory speech taunts Rane like a balloon with a hole in it. The introductory speech also says that Rane is said to be a crying frog. In the meantime. Rane, who was released on bail, has spoken out against the Maharashtra government. The law and order situation in Maharashtra is chaotic. He told the Times of India that the government should punish those guilty of the heinous murder cases.

Problems between Rane and Uddhav
Narayan Rane is known as the trump card that the central leadership of the BJP found to fight against Shiv Sena and Uddhav Thackeray. Narayan Rane is active in politics as Shiv Sena’s branch chief in Chembur, Maharashtra. In 1999, he became the Chief Minister as part of the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance. Rane questioned Uddhav Thackeray’s appointment as chief executive of the party at the 2003 Shiv Sena party convention. Bal Thackeray expelled Rane from the party in 2005 after he was accused of selling party positions and electoral seats for money. Rane joined Congress along with some MLA from Shiv Sena. Attempts to divide Shiv Sena failed. Rane left the party in 2017 after declaring that Congress had no future. Subsequently, the Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh party was formed. The party merged with the BJP in 2019. He became a Union minister after the cabinet reshuffle in the second Narendra Modi government. Although he is not critical of Bal Thackeray, Rane is highly critical of Uddhav Thackeray. Previously, Rane had criticized Uddhav’s wife, Reshmi, and their son Aditya. Rane had previously alleged that Uddhav was involved in the deaths of film star Sushant Singh Rajput and Disha Salian. The new controversy is a continuation of all this. ****

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