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Union Minister Narayan Rane detained over ‘slap’ remark against Maha CM Thackeray

By Priyanka Verma 
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Nashik: Union minister and senior BJP leader Narayan Rane was on Tuesday arrested from Chiplun city in Ratnagiri district over his remarks against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

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Earlier today, Rane moved the Bombay High Court against the FIRs lodged against him in Pune, Nashik and Mahad in Raigad over his remarks, and sought an interim order granting him protection from arrest or any coercive action.

A division bench of Justices SS Shinde and NJ Jamadar, however, refused to hear his plea and said mentioning of the petition)was not allowed and asked his lawyer to follow the procedure.

Rane has come under sharp criticism over his remarks about slapping Thackeray for what he claimed as the latter’s ignorance of the year of India’s independence.

A group of Shiv Sena workers earlier in the day pelted stones at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office in Nashik and raised slogans against Rane. Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding that Rane be removed from the Union Cabinet.

The Sena workers also showed black flags as they staged a protest in Mumbai’s Lalbaug against Rane. Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar was also present at the spot.

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“We are demonstrating against the Union minister who earlier held the post of Maharashtra CM and has now disrespected the current CM and his position,” said Pednekar.

Responding to the reports, Rane earlier said that he had no idea that an FIR has been filed against him. “I’ve no info that an FIR has been registered against me. I am not a common man. I have not committed any crime. Is it not a crime if someone doesn’t know about 15th August? I had said that I would have slapped – these were the words and it’s not a crime,” Rane said.

Shiv Sena slams Rane, demands suspension
Meanwhile, Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut wrote to PM Narendra Modi, requesting him to remove minister Narayan Rane from Union Cabinet over comment against Shiv Sena chief and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray. Earlier, a group of Shiv Sena workers pelted stones at the BJP party office in Nashik and raised slogans against Rane.

I would have ‘slapped’ him: What Rane said
Speaking in Mahad in the Raigad district of Maharashtra on Monday, Rane had made a singular reference to Thackeray and said that he would have ‘slapped’ the latter for his Independence day speech. According to a report by ABP, Nashik city chief of Shiv Sena Sudhakar Badgujar filed a case against Rane, after which the police reportedly issued an arrest warrant against Rane.

The row is likely to spiral into a bigger controversy as Shiv Sena supporters expressed anger against the former party leader through posters condemning him. Rane’s son Nitesh took to Twitter and said that members of Yuva Sena were asked to gather outside the minister’s Juhu residence.

Elsewhere, an FIR was also registered against Rane at the Chaturshringi Police Station of Pune city, following a complaint by Yuva Sena, for using objectionable language against CM Uddhav Thackeray. FIR has been registered under Sections 153 and 505 of IPC.

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Shiv Sena supporters ‘purified’ Balasaheb Thackeray memorial after Rane’s visit
The rivalry between Shiv Sena and Narayan Rane played out in the open days ago, when the Sena washed with cow urine, the Balasaheb Thackeray Memorial in Mumbai after Rane paid a visit to the site. Shiv Sena leaders said that the place needed to be ‘purified’ after being visited by Rane. Maharashtra BJP hit back and said that Shiv Sena needed to purify itself for having forged an alliance with ideologically different parties like Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

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