Narayan Rane, the Union minister has been in trouble for his comments about Uddhav Thackeray being the Chief Minister of Maharashtra because he claimed that the latter was ignorant of the year India became independent.
“It’s shameful that the chief Minister doesn’t know the date of independence. During his speech, Rane leaned back and inquired about the years of independence. Rane stated, “Had I been there, (he) would have given me a tight slap.” He spoke Monday during Jan Ashirwad Yatra at adjoining Raigad district.
The BJP leader and ex-chief minister of Shiv Sena claimed Thackeray forgot to mention the year independence in his August 15 address before the people of the state. Rane stated that Thackeray was forced to double-check the year independence with his aides during his speech on August 15.
Rane’s comments provoked sharp reactions from Shiv Sena workers, who posted posters in Mumbai and elsewhere calling Rane a “kombdichor” (chicken stealer). These posters were a reference, among other things, to the poultry shop that he operated in Chembur fifty years ago during his initial stint as a Bal Thackeray-led party.
Vinayak Raut (Shiv Sena) said Rane is out of his mental equilibrium.
Rane has attacked Shiv Sena leaders and the Shiv Sena leadership in an effort to impress the BJP leadership. After being inducted into the Modi-led Ministry, Rane lost all his mental stability. Raut suggested that Modi should give him the keys.