“Jiske ghar kanch ke hote hai, woh Dusro’n ke gharo’n pe patthar nahi pheka karte.”
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis gave a befitting reply to the comments made by Congress leader Nara-yan Rane that criminals were joining BJP whose character has changed over the years. Fadnavis said that people will review the performance of his government. He mentioned that those who reside in glass houses should refrain from throwing stones at others. CM appreciated the work done by police department and said that they had speeded up the investigation process. Fadnavis took a jibe at Congress by saying that several tainted ministers exist in Rane’s party. He said that a picture of one of the accused shown by him during a media briefing had already been published in newspapers.
Reacting to allegations made by Rane, Fadnavis said in the Upper House, “Rane had said there are three CMs governing the state. I want to tell him that I am the only CM and I am capable enough. Common people will judge my work.”
“Look who is saying BJP is a party of goons. If I list out the number of cases filed against you (Rane) in Sindhudurg, it will be proved which is the party of goons. I am well aware of the laws of the land and abide by it.”
Earlier Rane had claimed in the Maharashtra Legislative Council that he was recently informed by a woman officer that a senior Cabinet Minister engaged in “immoral behaviour” towards her. He however concealed the identity of the minister and which party he belongs. Fadnavis said that if any minister is involved in indecent activities then strict action will be taken against him. CM added that no minister will be asked to quit merely on the basis of allegations being made against them and investigations will be conducted.
“It was expected of you to immediately give me the details of what transpired. By speaking about it here, do you intend to play politics over the issue today ministers are asking one another if they were involved. Shoot and scoot policy is being played out by the opposition here,” he said.
Fadnavis further said that the POCSO court hearing the Kopardi gangrape and murder of the minor girl will be fast tracked and that the government possesses concrete evidence against the accused.
Listing out the IPC sections under which cases have been filed against Rane, Fadnavis said, “I don’t want to threaten anyone. It is not in my nature. I am a calm natured person. Not in my nature to put on revengeful inquiries against anyone. Ranesaheb, you are extremely cultured and wise. Why are you afraid of any inquiry?”
He said that Rane had in the past spoken about Congress leaders like Sonia Gandhi, Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan, Manikrao Thakre as well.
“Everything that Rane says should thus not be taken seriously. He has a different view about the same person after a few months,” he said.