The political saga ignited in Maharashtra on Tuesday morning August 24, with the news that a group of police from Nashik has left for chiplun to arrest central minister Narayan Rane. Later, Pune police too were on their way with an arrest warrant to arrest him. FIR was also filed in Mahad Taluka of Raigad district against him.
FIR was filed against him because of his defamatory statement against Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray during his Jan Ashirwad Yatra in Mahad. While addressing Jan Ashirwad Yatra in Raigad district on August 23 he said, “It is shameful that the chief minister does not know the year of independence. He leaned back to enquire about the count of years of independence during his speech. Had I been there, I would have given (him) a tight slap.”
This had triggered fury amongst Shivsena and Uddhav Thackeray followers. From Tuesday morning Shivsainiks all across Maharashtra demanded the arrest of central minister Narayan Rane for his statement. Several banners were displayed in Mumbai and other parts of the state by the Shivsena and its youth wing Yuvasena. The banners mocked Narayan Rane.
Initially, Bharatiya Janata Party’s leader of the opposition Devendra Fadnavis was handling the situation. In a press conference, he said that BJP does not support Narayan Rane’s that statement but they support Narayan Rane otherwise completely. The situation across the state started worsening with protests and clashes between shivsena leaders and BJP leaders.
Around 2.35 pm Ratnagiri police arrested Narayan Rane from Sangameshwar and took him to Mahad. After reaching Mahad around 8.30 he was presented before the special court. And late at night, he was granted bail. Rane was produced before magistrate Shaikhbabaso Patil by the Mahad police. Aniket Nikam Rane’s lawyer said the police have failed to follow the procedure of law before arresting Rane. He added, as per law, a notice has to be issued under section 41A of the CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) before arresting someone in cases where custodial interrogation is not required.
He was arrested in the afternoon by the Ratnagiri police and taken to Mahad in Raigad district. The FIR at Mahad was registered under IPC sections 189 (threat of injury to public servant), 504 (intentional insult to provoke breach of public peace), and 505 (statements conducive to public mischief).
Meanwhile, BJP’s national leaders expressed their views on the situation in Maharashtra. BJP’s national spokesperson Sambit Patra firmly condemned the action taken against Rane and criticized the Maharashtra government. National President of Bharatiya Janata Party J P Nadda also took to his Twitter to criticize the Maharashtra government. In his tweet, he wrote, “The arrest of Union Minister Narayan Rane Ji by the Maharashtra government is a violation of constitutional values. We will neither be scared nor suppressed by such action. These people are troubled by the immense support the BJP is getting in the Jan-Aashirvad Yatra. We will continue to fight democratically, the journey will continue.
Due to this, it became a national issue. However, since the Maha Vikas Aghadi government is established in Maharashtra several times nation has witnessed a tussle between the Maharashtra MVA government and the Union BJP government. Earlier a huge row of the dispute was seen between the two when journalist Arnab Goswami was arrested. There have been clashes over the distribution of vaccines in Maharashtra.
Then people have also witnessed MVA leaders getting notice from Enforcement Directorate. Many leaders of the MVA government have resigned too due to pressure. Maharashtra is the only state who dares to challenge the BJP in the center which has power in the majority of states. West Bengal does it to a certain extent. However, when something happens in Maharashtra that is against BJP or bothers BJP in the center it becomes a matter of prestige and power and becomes a matter that is against the nation.
Time will tell what is going to happen in the future. Was this an attempt to impose the president’s rule in the state? This question will remain unanswered.