New Delhi: Upping its ante against Union Minister Narayan Rane, Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut on August 24 wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to remove Rane from his cabinet seat.
“I request honourable Prime Minister to seek resignation from Union Minister Narayan Rane or remove him from his position,” read the letter in Hindi by Shiv Sena MP Vinayak Raut.
Previously, an FIR was lodged in Nashik against Rane in connection with his statement made against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddav Thackeray.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil on Tuesday distanced himself from Union minister Narayan Rane’s remarks about slapping Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for what he claimed as the latter’s ignorance of the year of India’s independence.
“I am not defending Rane’s comments, but I will also not express regret,” Patil told a regional news channel.
Nashik Top Cop Orders Rane’s Arrest
Nashik Police Commissioner Deepak Pandey on Tuesday issued orders for the immediate arrest of Union minister Narayan Rane after an FIR was registered against him in the north Maharashtra city over his remarks against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.
Accordingly, a team of Nashik Police left in the morning for Ratnagiri district, where Rane is currently carrying out his ”Jan Ashirwad Yatra”, an official said.
Rane had sparked off a row over his remarks about slapping Chief Minister Thackeray for what he claimed as the latter’s ignorance of the year of India’s independence.
“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 during his Jan Ashirwad Yatra in Raigad district on Monday.
Following the FIR, Rane defended himself and said that he has in fact ‘not committed any crime’ but merely expressed his opinion on the matter.
(With inputs from PTI)