Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Nitesh Rane and his father Narayan Rane are always in the middle of a controversy for commenting on Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray or Shiv Sena leaders. This time is attempted murder. Nitesh Rane, seek relief from any coercive action against him in an attempt to murder a complaint that was registered against him in Kankavli, the home turf of the Rane’s. The complaint is linked to an alleged attack on 44-year-old Santosh Parab. He has filed an anticipatory bail application in an attempt to murder a case.
The Rane’s have alleged a political conspiracy over the case and have said that the case is linked to the upcoming elections for the board of directors of the local district bank, which are to be held on December 30. In his court plea, Nitish Rane has said that he is canvassing candidates put up by the BJP for the polls, and his work will be impacted if any coercive action is taken against him. The plea states that he will cooperate with the police investigation when needed. The plea also states that the police investigation has not yet found anything that points to his involvement in the attempt to murder case.
These days Rane’s are making deliberate attempts on Shiv Sena leaders. Last week, Aaditya Thackeray was entering the Maharashtra assembly building when he was “cat-called” by Nitesh Rane, who was participating in the protest, loudly “meowed” at the state Tourism Minister, and drawing sniggers from other BJP leaders.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar urged Maharashtra MLAs to behave in a way that suits lawmakers of a great democracy. Speaking in the Maharashtra Assembly, Ajit Pawar said that the legislators ‘don’t represent dogs, roosters or cats’. The jibe was directed at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Nitesh Rane.
Ajit Pawar said, “We all must behave like we legislators of the state and in a way that suits a lawmaker of such a great democracy. We don’t represent dogs, roosters or cats, so we should avoid mimicking their sounds.”
Manisha Sawant, a Shiv Sena karyakarta said, “Rane’s does not have etiquettes and mannerisms to adhere to in politics. They don’t have their roots in Political or Social practices. Unlike Aditya Thackeray who was born in a Political family under the shadow of his grandfather and father. Rane became CM only because of Balasaheb Thackeray’s gratitude but he could not hold that status. Rane’s sons are following their father’s footsteps, they need to learn to be humble like Aaditya Thackrey. Aditya Thackeray never indulges in any personal attacks and that shows his upbringing. He is keen in his work and that inspires his organized Yuva Sena.”
Riddhi Bhaskar Khursange corporator from Borivali said, “Aaditya Thackeray has class. He is dignified and well brought by his noble parents, whereas Nitesh Rane is street smart, with no class. Both Rane, father and son duo, are ill-mannered and do not understand civilized behaviour.”
Shiv Sena, MP Prakash Surve said, “Other than social media circulations and media coverage, no one is interested in what father and son are saying. Let them be entertained with their own circus.”
Political researcher Gaurav Kaul said, “This happens in a party, specifically the regional parties which are mainly family-centric or person-centric. Party workers, in order to earn brownie points from their leader, go to any extent. Many examples are there like the beating of retired Navy officers by Shiv Sena workers, shaving the head of a man for commenting on Uddhav etc. Now compare this to Modi. That is why he is so successful in politics. One leader named Imran Masood from Saharanpur said that he would cut Modi into pieces, Rahul Gandhi said that people will beat Modi with sticks, Manishankar Aiyyar called him “Neech” and there are many more statements as well. Modi silently ignores them, the way a national leader does. In his own words, he turns abuses into ornaments. The best example is how he turned Rahul’s “Chowkidar Chor Hai”Bhi “Mai Bhi Chowkidar”.”
Shiv Sena member Sujata Patker said, “Rane’s have lost their mental balance due to continuous travel from one party to another. BJP took them into the party to unleash these leaders against Uddhav Thackrey. Rane’s are assigned the same and they are doing their job to score some brownie points.”
Vilas Potnis, Shiv Sena MP said, “We the Shiv Sena leaders have bigger goals in mind. We are committed to the people, the state and its welfare. Aaditya Thackrey and Uddhav have big roles to play, they have bigger responsibilities, and they are doing their best. We don’t pay attention to such petty creatures because what they do is their way of living.”
Vinod Ghosalkar, Shiv Sena leader said, “These attacks on Shiv Sainiks and mockery by Rane’s show the restlessness in them. Uddhav is a tall leader with a focus on development. Similarly, Aaditya Thackrey doing his best for the state, they have learned to ignore all those entities that attack them under some agenda.”
Avid reader Suresh Mistry said, “A few years back when Rane’s announced their own political party, Nitesh Rane alleged, “Modi is a liar” and RSS never had any role in the independence movement. His Father Narayan Rane and elder brother Nilesh were defeated in a row in assembly and parliamentary election in 2014, 2015 and 2019, now all three joined BJP. He and his father have been given back door entry in BJP to execute such nonsense because both of them have proficiency in such street talks.”