Narayan Rane’s arrest a violation of constitutional values, says JP Nadda
- Union MSME Minister Narayan Rane was arrested on Tuesday
- The arrest followed Rane’s “slap Uddhav” remark made on Monday
- Another case has been registered against the minister in Maharashtra’s Thane
The arrest of Union Minister Narayan Rane has caused a political maelstrom whose ripples have reached from Maharashtra to Delhi. Narayan Rane, India’s MSME minister, was arrested on Tuesday following his ‘slap Uddhav’ remark. Reacting to Narayan Rane’s arrest, BJP national president JP Nadda said, “The arrest of Union Minister Narayan Rane 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-Ashirvad Yatra. We will continue to fight democratically. The journey will continue,” the BJP national president said.
Maharashtra’s Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis said that while the BJP does not support Narayan Rane’s comments, but the “party stands behind him 100 per cent,” reports NDTV.
The former Maharashtra chief minister further said that the state police force was being used as a tool for “vendetta politics” and that there “should be law and order and not Taliban-like governance”.
Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil said, "I don't support Narayan Rane's statement. But if he's arrested or arrest warrant is issued against him for remarks against CM, what's happening to their leaders who comment against Governor, a constitutional functionary, almost daily".
Ratnagiri District Magistrate BN Patil had earlier said that the union minister was detained by the Ratnagiri police after all legal options were exhausted. Narayan Rane was arrested after a Ratnagiri sessions court rejected his transit anticipatory bail application.
The arrest of a union minister is an extremely rare event and this is the first time in 20 years that a union minister has been arrested in India.
It was during Narayan Rane’s speech during his Jan-Ashirvad Yatra in Maharashtra’s Raigad district on Monday that the union minister 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”.
Meanwhile, news agency ANI reported that another case has been registered against Union Minister Narayan Rane in Naupada, Thane. The Thane Police said that the case has been registered under Section 500, 505 (2), 153-B(1)(c).