Narayan Rane's arrest: Uddhav reminded of 'Chappal' attack jibe against Yogi Adityanath
In May 2018, Uddhav Thackeray had said at a public gathering that he felt like hitting Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with his 'chappal' for not removing his footwear when garlanding a photo of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji.
The arrest of Union Minister Narayan Rane for allegedly threatening to slap Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has evoked sharp responses both from the Bharatiya Janata Party as well as social media.
BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda took to Twitter to say that Rane's arrest by the Maharashtra government was a violation of constitutional values.
We will neither be scared nor suppressed by such actions, he said, adding that parties who were part of the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi were troubled by the immense support the BJP was getting in its Jan-Aashirvad Yatra.
Condemning the action on Narayan Rane, Leader of the Opposition in Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis said termed the Union minister's arrests as "absolute vendetta."
Drawing a parallel with Sharjeel Usmani, who is accused of making anti-national statements and for insulting Hindus, Fadnavis said that while the former was walking free, Narayan Rane had been arrested.
This is their Hindutva and this is what Maharashtra looks like, Fadnavis said targetting the Uddhav Thackeray government.
On social media, many reminded Uddhav of his statements made against Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in 2018.
In May 2018, Uddhav reportedly said at a public gathering that he felt like hitting Yogi Adityanath with his footwear for not removing his footwear when garlanding a photo of Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji.
Social media users asked if Narayan Rane could be arrested for making a similar statement, Uddhav too should be prosecuted for his remarks.