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Rivals Uddhav Thackeray, Narayan Rane share stage after minister’s arrest

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray leveled several allegations against Narayan Rane (File)

New Delhi:

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

It should have been a regular public event, but to a problem – in August Mr. Thackeray’s government scolded Mr. Rane (a former Shiv Sena leader) for his comments criticizing the chief minister’s “ignorance of India’s year of independence”. Arrested.

Mr. Rane, who hails from Sindhudurg, took the opportunity to highlight his contributions after being elected MLA for the first time in 1990.

He said that he was deputed to Sindhudurg under the instructions of late Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray, and it was because of his efforts that the Konkan region got a boost in infrastructure.

The sting, Uddhav Thackeray (Bal Thackeray’s son), reminded Mr. Rane: “Balasaheb Thackeray did not like to lie… At times such people were thrown out of the Shiv Sena. He (Bal Thackeray) used to say , ‘Even if true. Bitter, please say it.’

Mr. Thackeray offered a second sarcastic swipe for good measure; He mentioned the iconic Sindhudurg Fort and reminded people that it was built by Shivaji.

According to news agency PTI, “… or someone will say I did,” he quipped.

The Chief Minister also did not get well.

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Union minister Narayan Rane was once with Shiv Sena before the Thackeray family split (File)

“You (Mr Rane) are a minister… so what if it (Mr Rane’s post) is ‘subtle and small’. It is an important portfolio, and you can use it to benefit Maharashtra,” he said. Huh.”

Narayan Rane, Presently out on bail on medical groundsHe is the Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises.

Mr Rane’s remarks and arrest – the first time a Union minister has been detained in 20 years – triggered (another) dispute between former ally Shiv Sena and BJP.

the former has accused the other Support to insult of Maharashtra, and Mr. Rane has returned the praise Claiming his former party was encouraging his critics.

Mr Rane’s remarks also came shortly before the elections to Mumbai’s civic body, the BMC, and the Shiv Sena immediately claimed that he was trying to incite voters.

The high-stakes, high-profile election is scheduled for February and has already fueled political tensions in the state.

With input from PTI

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