MUMBAI: Indian Minister Narayan Rane was arrested on Tuesday over his comment on slapping Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for what he called his “ignorance of the year India won Independence”, reports NDTV.
Rane, who joined Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet in July as Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, is the first central minister to be arrested in 20 years.
Rane’s lawyer told the court: “The police have arrived to arrest him, they are waiting at his doorstep.” The High Court responded: The Shiv Sena filed cases against Rane over his remarks on Monday at a “Jan Ashirwad Yatra” organised nationwide by the BJP for new ministers in PM Modi’s government. He claimed Thackeray forgot the year of independence during his August 15 address and had to check with his aides mid-speech.
“It is shameful that the Chief Minister does not know the year of independence. He leaned back to ask about the count of years of independence during his speech. Had I been there, I would have given him a tight slap,” Rane said in the public meeting at Raigad.
The comments have sparked massive Shiv Sena anger and protests and FIRs were filed in three cities listing non-bailable offences.