Rane in damage control mode after son's tweet on Gujaratis creates flutter
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Industries Minister Narayan Rane on Monday swung into a damage control exercise, arguing that his son Nitesh (Rane) did not make any adverse comment against Gujarati community on microblogging site Twitter. Nitesh, who heads Swabhiman Sanghatana, an NGO, created a flutter after his tweet indicated that those proud of Modi and Gujarat should migrate to that state instead of staying on in Maharashtra.
Rane also made a scathing attack against Home Minister R R Patil who had ordered a probe against Nitesh for making the community-specific comment, saying: "There are larger law and order problems in Maharashtra. The home minister should focus on bigger issues and not hound my son for a comment that was distorted by the media."
Rane's decision to speak on the issue, however, points to the fact that he was worried about the ramifications.
What Nitesh meant was that those people who are always praising Gujarat and Chief Minister Narendra Modi should go and settle in the that state. What are they speaking for Modi when Maharashtra is way ahead in development in key sectors," he explained.
Rane added, "The comment on Twitter was not community specific. It was posted on June 20. Why is it being circulated now? It shows there are some people who are playing mischief."
He asserted: "My relations with the Gujarati community has always been excellent. We have never indulged in such community politics. And what Nitesh said was misunderstood and distorted."
The MPCC has, however, distanced itself from Rane junior's remark, refusing to join the debate. A senior MPCC general secretary said: "It is between the father and the son. Let the AICC take a note of the developments. We have nothing to speak... The Congress never believes in targeting any community."
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