Arch-political enemies, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Union Minister Narayan Rane shared the stage on Saturday at the inauguration of an airport in Chipi, Sindhudurg district , and beat each other up.
It was probably the first time the two had reunited on stage after Rane parted ways with the Shiv Sena – now run by Thackeray – on a bitter note sixteen years ago. The occasion also took place against the backdrop of Rane’s arrest in August this year for a remark against the chief minister.
Rane, from Sindhudurg, listed in his speech the work he has done since being elected MP for this scenic coastal Maharashtra region for the first time in 1990.
He was given responsibility for the district on the instructions of the founder of Shiv Sena (and father of Uddhav Thackeray) late Bal Thackeray, and there were no roads, water or school facilities at the time. appropriate in the region, he said. After the Shiv Sena-BJP group came to power in the state in 1995, he asked then-chief minister Manohar Joshi to declare Sindhudurg a “tourist district,” Rane said. “After that, the works for basic equipments like roads, electricity, education, water and health care were done. The existing infrastructure is due to Narayan Rane. No one can match it, ”he said.
“People know who is working. Uddhav-ji, I learned everything from Saheb (Bal Thackeray), ”Rane added.
The BJP chief also said that even today there is no water or electricity infrastructure near Chipi, nor a proper road to the airport. In a thinly veiled attack on the chief minister, Rane said the late Bal Thackeray does not like to lie and does not care about those who lie.
In his speech, Chief Minister Thackeray retaliated by saying: “Balasaheb didn’t like to lie. Therefore, on several occasions, such people (who lied) were expelled from the Shiv Sena. (Bal Thackeray would say) Even if the truth is bitter, please tell it. ” In another excavation in Rane, he said: ” To my knowledge, the fort of Sindhudurg was built by (Shivaji ) Maharaj … otherwise someone might say ‘I built it’. ” He also said one has to wonder why it took so long for this airport to be built. “Some people have said Konkan will be transformed in California, but why hasn’t that happened yet,” Thackeray added.
Then he looked at Rane’s portfolio at the Center, namely Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). “You (Rane) are a minister. So what if he is “micro and small”, it is still an important department and (we are sure) you will use it for the benefit of Maharashtra, “said the CM. There should also be a helipad at Chipi that could be used for tourism, he said.
The chief minister also said he had never mixed politics and work, and when Rane called him to get approval from a medical school in Sindhudurg district, he immediately approved the proposal. Since leaving the Sena in 2005, for which he blamed Uddhav Thackeray, Rane has often targeted the latter. Shortly after his induction into the Union cabinet, Rane was arrested by Maharashtra police in August for his comments against Thackeray. He was released on bail by the court the same day. At the same time, the Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia said on this occasion that thanks to the new airport, the distance of 530 km between Mumbai and Chipi can now be covered in 50 minutes. There are also plans to connect Chipi with Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and other major cities and 20 to 25 flights to Chipi will be launched over the next five years, he said. Maharashtra now has 14 airports, Scindia noted. Tourism Minister Aaditya Thackeray, who also manages the environment portfolio, said every effort will be made to promote tourism in Konkan while preserving its ecology. Sindhudurg Airport, also known as Chipi Airport, covers 275 hectares. Its runway length is 2,500 meters and it can accommodate narrow-body aircraft such as the Airbus A-320 and the Boeing B-737. The terminal has the capacity to handle 200 departing passengers and 200 arriving passengers during peak hours.
Union Minister Ramdas Athawale and Maharashtra Chief Deputy Minister Ajit Pawar were also present on the occasion. PTI PR NP KRK KRK KRK
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