A “meow” sparked a huge fight in Maharashtra with leader Shiv Sena demanding action against BJP MP Nitesh Rane for his “inappropriate” conduct targeting Aaditya Thackeray. After hours of fighting in the state assembly, the BJP assured that Nitesh Rane would be “reprimanded”.
Last week, Aaditya Thackeray was entering the Maharashtra assembly building when he was “called out by cats” by BJP deputies protesting outside. Nitesh Rane, who was participating in the protest, loudly “mewed” at the state tourism minister, eliciting sneers from other BJP leaders.
Nitesh Rane is the son of Union Minister Narayan Rane. When asked by reporters why he hazed Thackeray junior in this way, he defiantly replied, “I will do it again. I will do it every time.”
Shiv Sena MPs today took what they called an affront to their party leader and demanded action from the assembly. Aaditya Thackeray, the son of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, was present when the subject was brought up.
Mr. Rane “made ‘meow’ sounds as he looked in Aaditya Thackeray’s direction,” complained MP Sena Suhas Kande. Not only that, but he was unrepentant, the Sena leader said.
“Aaditya Thackeray, being a worthy man, left ignoring Nitesh Rane. Nitesh Rane does it all the time. We will not tolerate our leader’s insult,” Kande said, adding that he should apologize in the house or be suspended.
Mr Rane should definitely be suspended, said another Sena MP Sunil Shinde. “He cannot be pardoned for such behavior,” Mr. Shinde said.
As the arguments turned into shouting slogans, Aaditya Thackeray was seen leaving the house.
When the House met after an adjournment, Opposition Leader Devendra Fadnavis said Mr Rane would be reprimanded for his comments. But he claimed that “suspending a member for an incident which had taken place outside the house is not fair”.
Mr. Fadnavis also argued that there was a time when Bhaskar Jadhav of Shiv Sena “made noise” when NCP leader Chhagan Bhujbal entered the house.