At a time when the Yoga Guru Ramdev Baba is grabbing headlines by making the government squirm by his determination to go ahead with his hunger strike in Delhi against corruption and black money, his ardent supporter and an independent MLA, Ravi Rana is on the news for the wrong reasons. He was booked under the SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act in Amravati on Thursday.
The independent MLA was booked for allegedly abusing and threatening a sanitation inspector Chotulal Pacchel. He had allegedly pulled up and threatened the sanitary inspector for the non-clearance of garbage in Badnera locality that he represents in the state Assembly. "How can I abuse Pacchel when I was in Mumbai in that particular day?" asked Rana and alleged that the state government was pressurizing him to refrain from leading his supporters to the proposed hunger strike in Delhi.
Rana, a very close associate of Baba Ramdev is leading seizable supporters toward Delhi to support the Yoga guru. The Independent MLA, who has been associating with Baba Ramdev for the last one decade, even tied the nuptial knot with actress Navneet Kaur in February this year in presence of Yoga guru.
Rana, who had supported the coalition government, described the entire episode as a conspiracy to defame him. "I am getting tremendous pressure from the ruling party to convince Baba Ramdeo to withdraw his plan for starting hunger strike in Delhi from June 4. I met the chief minister Prithviraj Chavan in this regard and expressed my displeasure over the developments," he added.
The independent MLA said that he was seriously considering withdrawing his support from the democratic front government in Mahasrashtra. "If the government behaves in this manner with a legislator, I have to rethink about my support to the government," he said.
He wondered how could the Amravati police booked him under the atrocities act without a permission of Assembly Speaker and a proper enquiry.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Avinash Bargal, the deputy commissioner of police, Amravati informed that offences were registered against Rana for abusing, threatening and using casteist language to a government employee. "We are investigating the matter," he added.
To protest against the incident, activists of Yuva Swabhimani, a frontal organization of Baba Ramdev took a rally to the collectorate in Amravati on Thursday evening. Some of the activists even reached the cabin of Kishore Shelke, mayor of Amravati Municipal Corporation. The activists were carrying black oil paint to blacken the face of the mayor. However, fortunately, the mayor was not present in his cabin. The enraged activists, mostly women, then entered the cabin of the mayor and ransacked his office.