Thackeray is on a tour of the regions where his party has a solid base. This is the first time that Thackeray has launched an attack on Rane, who was considered to be his friend from the Shiv Sena days.
On Friday, Thackeray also inducted estranged Sena leader Parshuram Uparkar, who had contested the Assembly bypoll against Rane seven years ago. While Sena had made Uparkar a member of the legislative council, he wasn’t given a second term in the house. The leader developed differences with Sena chief and Raj’s cousin Uddhav Thackeray, which led to his defection on Friday.
Uddhav too had a series of rallies in some parts of the state recently. Both plan to increase their clout ahead of next year’s Lok Sabha and Assembly polls.
Rane did not react to the allegations till the time of going to press.