In Pune, a FIR has been filed against Union Minister Narayan Rane for his statements about giving Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray a “tight slap” for being unaware of the country’s independence year. According to the news agency, the FIR was filed on Tuesday at the Chaturshringi Police Station in Pune city, under sections 153 and 505 of the IPC, in response to a complaint by the Yuva Sena.
On Monday, Rane sparked the uproar by speaking during the BJP’s Jan Ashirvad Yatra in Raigad district. Thackeray forgot the year of independence during his August 15 address to the people of the state, according to the BJP politician, who was just recruited into the Narendra Modi cabinet and is a former Shiv Sena chief minister. If he had been present at the time, he would have slapped him.
“It is shameful that the chief minister does not know the year of independence. He leaned back to enquire about the count of years of independence during his speech. Had I been there, I would have given (him) a tight slap,” Rane said.
According to Rane, Thackeray had to check the year of independence with his aides midway through his address that day.
The ruling Shiv Sena reacted angrily to Rane’s comments, with workers putting up posters in Mumbai and other cities labelling him a “kombdi chor” (chicken thief), a reference to the poultry shop he ran in Chembur during his first stint with the Bal Thackeray-led party five decades ago. Vinayak Raut, the Sena’s Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg MP, said Rane has lost his mental equilibrium. “To impress BJP leadership, Rane has been attacking Shiv Sena and its leaders. He has lost his mental balance after his induction into the Modi-led ministry. Modi should show him the door,” Raut said.