Vinayak Mete, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislator and staunch supporter of deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, raked up the Ramesh Kini murder case on Friday to get back at Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray.
Thackeray, in his speech during a recent rally at Aurangabad, had slammed Pawar saying the police beat MNS legislator Harshawardhan Jadhav at Pawar’s behest.
He had also alleged that the NCP pandered to caste politics and legitimised violence.
He had mentioned Mete’s name and said that the NCP, instead of taking action against his for attacking Loksatta editor Kumar Ketkar’s residence two years ago, had rewarded him with a nomination to the Legislative Council.
Mete said Thackeray was frustrated by defeat on various fronts especially in the university senate elections, where his nephew Aditya defeated him, and also because the youth were veering towards Pawar.
Reacting to Thackeray’s statement that everyone gets an opportunity to hit back, Mete recited a poem referring to the Ramesh Kini murder case.
He refused to make explicit charges but told the HT, “The entire state knows the Ramesh Kini murder case and who was involved in it. I don’t have to take names. But he [Raj Thackeray] should know that he is no position to make allegations against other people. We are not scared of his threats.’’
Kini was found murdered in Pune 1996.
Kini’s wife, Sheila, had accused Thackeray in the case, rocking the saffron regime and tarnishing the reputation of the Thackeray family.
The Central Bureau of Investigation had exonerated Raj Thackeray of all charges.
Mete’s reference to the case is a clear signal to Thackeray to not mess with NCP.