Mumbai: Mumbai Congressman and Swabhimaan Sanghatana chief Nitesh Rane, the youngest son of state minister Narayan Rane, who stirred a controversy by his tweet on Gujaratis, has refused to retract his statement. In fact, he has invited more trouble by asking, "Why don't Gujaratis go back to Gujarat if Chief Minister Narendra Modi is such a great leader?"
Earlier Rane had posted on Twitter that Gujarat housing societies only look for vegetarian tenants and that had invited angry reposnses. "Veg skies, Veg hospitals, Veg housing societies..soon Veg Mumbai! Either Gujjus go back to Gujarat or they turn Mumbai into Gujarat...Red alert (sic)," Rane tweeted on Wednesday.
Maharashtra Legislative Council asked the state government to initiate action against him as it may create "social discord".
Raising the issue in the Upper House on Friday, Ashish Shelar (BJP) said, "It (statement) would create religious and social conflict in the metropolis. The statement is derogatory towards Modi and Gujarati-speaking people."
"When people from various caste and creed are living with harmony, Nitesh's statement is polluting the social atmosphere," Shelar said. "The state government should take this issue seriously and action should be taken against him. The government should also make its stand clear," the BJP legislator demanded.
Responding to this, Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh asked senior NCP minister Ganesh Naik to convey the matter to the government and initiate action accordingly.
(With additional information from PTI)