Sena-BJP clashes break out in Maharashtra over Narayan Rane's 'slap CM' remark

The situation turned tense outside the Union minister Juhu residence in Mumbai as activists of both the parties reached the the spot. Police had to step in.
Yuva Sena activists stage a protest against Union minister Narayan Rane outside his residence in Juhu, Mumbai. (Photo by Satish Bate/HT)
Yuva Sena activists stage a protest against Union minister Narayan Rane outside his residence in Juhu, Mumbai. (Photo by Satish Bate/HT)
Published on Aug 24, 2021 11:51 AM IST
Copy Link
By | Written by Sohini Goswami, New Delhi

Activists of the ruling Shiv Sena and its youth outfit Yuva Sena and supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) indulged in clashes at several places in Maharashtra on Monday as the former launched multiple protests over a comment of Union minister Narayan Rane saying he would have “tightly slapped” chief minister Uddhav Thackeray for allegedly being ignorant of the country’s year of independence.

Meanwhile, a police team has been sent to arrest Rane, against whom at least three FIRs have been lodged so far over the issue. The Union minister, has, however, defended his statement.

While some Sena workers pelted stones at a party office of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Nashik, a few others gathered outside Rane’s Juhu residence in Mumbai and shouted slogans against him.

Also read | Not committed any offence: Narayan Rane on 'would have slapped Thackeray' remark

The situation soon turned tense as BJP activists also gathered in support of the Union minister. Later, police had to act against and prevent a few Sena supporters from running towards Rane’s house, even as BJP workers tried to force themselves in. Reports of vandalism have also started pouring in.

In Chiplun, Sena activists tore posters of Rane and said they would not allow him to hold any programme. Rane has been addressing multiple Jan Ashirvad Yatra events being organised by central BJP leadership for new inductees of the Narendra Modi cabinet.

Rane had sparked a row while speaking at one such event in Raigad district on Monday. The former Shiv Sena chief minister, who was made a Union minister recently, hit out at Thackeray claiming the latter forgot the year of independence during his August 15 address to the people of the state and had he been present at the spot, he would have slapped him.

A Yuva Sena leader said the protests were happening on their own and the “angry” activists were not asked to come to the agitation sites.

“We did not call anyone but Yuva Sena activists are angry over insulting remarks made by Narayan Sena and came on their own. We will show our strength to him,” said Yuva Sena functionary Varun Sardesai.

Speaking to reporters later, Sardesai said Yuva Sena activists were ready to face the baton for the Sena supremo. “Uddhav Thackeray is our god and if anyone dares to insult him, we will not care about the law and order,” said Sardesai.

“We have come at his (Narayan Rane’s) house and if he has guts let him face us,” he added.

In Thane, youth wing activists staged an agitation against Rane near Mantel Hospital following which workers of the two camps indulged in stone pelting.

Activists also vandalised a two-wheeler of Rane’s supporter. The bike had the picture of the Union minister's son Nitesh Rane.

(With inputs from Mumbai bureau)

Close Story

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • A chocolate bar infested with worms. (Source: The Independent) (Picture for Representation)

    Beyond our reach: Bengaluru court on Rs50 lakh demand for worms in chocolate bar

    Six years after a Bengaluru man approached a consumer court - seeking 50 lakh as compensation after finding worms in a chocolate bar purchased from a local a resident of Bengaluru's HSR Layout, storMukesh Kumar Kedia,- he has been directed to the state consumer forum. In October 2016, a resident of Bengaluru's HSR Layout, Mukesh Kumar Kedia, bought two bars of chocolate - Cadbury's Fruit and Nut - for his niece for 89.

  • Police said the two accused revealed that they had fixed a deal with the girl’s family in Khagria district of Bihar on the pretext of her marriage and brought her around six months ago. (Pic for representation)

    Father-son duo’s arrest in Bahraich unearths inter-state human trafficking racket

    LUCKNOW The arrest of a father-son duo in Bahraich on Tuesday unearthed an inter-state racket involved in trafficking minor girls and women from remote areas of Bihar on the pretext of marriage and employment, said police here on Wednesday. One Dhani Ram Pandit, 48, and his son Ankush, 25, residents of Rampur Dibiyapur village in Bahraich, were arrested for holding a 15-year-old girl from Bihar hostage.

  • Police said the woman is under police protection because her brother is still on the run. (Representational Image)

    Indore: Man allegedly killed by family of woman in hate crime

    In an alleged hate crime, a man was beaten up brutally before being strangulated to death in Madhya Pradesh's Indore district by the parents and brother of a a resident of Khudail in Indore district, 21, girl Vinod Bheel, who used to work as a farm labourer was allegedly in a relationship with, said police said on Wednesday. The deceased was identified as a resident of Khudail in Indore district, 21, Vinod Bheel, who used to work as a farm labourer. Vinod's father Shyam filed a police complaint.

  • Taking the matter up for hearing again on May 13, the SC provided relief to the project-affected people and directed that the compensation amount be disbursed to all beneficiaries (HT File)

    Frame policy within 3 months to compensate fisherfolk: SC tells state

    Mumbai The Supreme Court instructed the Maharashtra government on May 13 to expedite framing of a policy to compensate fisherfolk affected by state-funded development projects, and finalise the policy within a period of three months. The apex court was hearing an appeal by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation, challenging the disbursement of 10 crore compensation to fisherfolk affected by the Thane Creek Bridge-III project.

  • The HC has directed the Union government to consider conversion of PU, Chandigarh, into a central university.

    PU row: Safeguard Punjab’s interests, SGPC tells state govt

    Days after the Punjab and Haryana high court directed the Union government to consider conversion of Panjab University, Chandigarh, into a central varsity, the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee on Wednesday asked the Punjab government to make serious efforts to stop any such move and protect its existing status.

Story Saved
Saved Articles
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, May 25, 2022