While Nitesh Rane’s attack of sorts on the city’s Gujarati community has been perceived as a bid to increase his political mileage, Rane said his comments were not directed against all Gujaratis but only those who praised Gujarat more than Maharashtra.
However, both Nitesh and his father, senior Congress leader Narayan Rane did not respond to media questions on Sunday.
The president of NGO Swabhimaan Sangathan, Rane on Wednesday, criticised the community for praising Gujarat under Narendra Modi and asked them to move to the neighbouring state.
“Veg skies, veg hospitals, veg housing societies… soon veg Mumbai! Either Gujjus go back to Gujarat or they turn Mumbai into Gujarat…. Red alert!,” his tweet read.
Rane continued the attack on the Gujarati community, by tweeting about two cases that were filed in the High Court. His posts on Sunday referred to cases filed by BJP leaders Kirit Somaiya and Mangalprabhat Lodha a few years ago. Somaiya had reportedly demanded that Marathi be discontinued as a compulsory language in BMC schools, while Lodha had demanded South Mumbai be declared a vegetarian zone.