Rane arrest: Thackeray’s remarks on Yogi resurfaces

Rane arrest: Thackeray’s remarks on Yogi resurfaces

Mumbai: Maharasthra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray’s objectionable remarks against Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath in 2018 has resurfaced on social media soon after the arrest of Union Minister Narayan Rane. 

Mr. Rane was arrest by Mumbai police over his slapping Uddhav Thackeray remarks in Jan Ashirvada Yatra in the city. 

In the video that surfaced in social media platforms, Mr. Thackeray allegedly said that ‘Yogi Adityanath should hit with slippers’.

Now, BJP questions how the statement against Yogi Adityanath different from Narayan Rane's comment on slapping Mr Thackeray. Mr Thackeray, Shiv Sena chief, made a comment in 2018, a year before he took charge as Maharashtra Chief Minister.

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In the alleged video, Mr. Thackeray stated that "how can he be a Chief Minister? He is a yogi, so he should give up everything and sit in a cave - he sits in the chief minister's chair and calls himself a yogi. He has to understand the ties between UP and Maharashtra. A priest from UP, Gagabhatt, came for Shivaji's coronation. And this Yogi came like a balloon filled with air. He wore chappals (slippers) while garlanding Shivaji. I felt like hitting him with the same chappal. Who are you to even stand before a statue of Maharaj?". 

Social media users termed Uddhav Thackeray and his Shiv Sena for "hypocrisy" and urged Yogi Adityanath to file a case against Mr Thackeray over the three-year-old comment.

Mumbai police has arrested Mr. Rane was arrested yesterday after the Shiv Sena filed multiple cases against him over his remarks at a "Jan Ashirwad Yatra" on Mr Thackeray. 

Mr Rane said that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackery seemed to forget the year of independence during his August 15 address and had to check with his aide mid-speech.