Union minister Narayan Rane is all over the news after his arrest by Ratnagiri Police over his remarks against Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. The question comes to mind that who is Narayan Rane? Here is everything you should know about him.
Narayan Rane was born in the Sahyadri region of Maharashtra, India. Rane’s family migrated to Mumbai and settled in Nizam Mansion in Dadar, a south Mumbai area. His father was a Rajput, and his mother a Maratha, and they had several branches of the Rane family living in Mumbai and other cities in Maharashtra. He had two elder brothers and three younger brothers and a sister. One of his sisters, Roopak, married Srikant Pangarkar, one of Rane’s fellow RCC MLAs. His younger brother Balasaheb Rane was one of the important leaders in the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party. Another of his brothers, Vijay, was a member of the Maharashtra Legislative Council from the Shiv Sena.
About Politics :
Rane came into politics by Bal Thackeray. Later he joined Shiv Sena. In 1967, when he was 23, Thackeray appointed him to the post of chairman of the Manora Municipal Council. When the Council was dissolved in 1973, Thackeray transferred Rane to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Where he held the post of Assistant Commissioner of the Improvement Committee. So In 1977, he became an MLA for the first time. He was elected on a Shiv Sena ticket and served as a member of the state legislative council from 1980 to 1987.
Whereas Rane quit the Sena to form the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. However, in 1996, he parted ways with the party to join the Bharatiya Janata Party. In 1999, he quit the BJP to start his own party, the Maharashtra Swabhimani Paksha. His move was a response to the BJP’s policy of building a Ram Temple at Ayodhya by bulldozing the Babri Masjid, which many Maratha residents viewed as the destruction of their heritage and culture. Rane himself said that the BJP had “done nothing to correct the situation created by its saffronisation”. In 2006, Rane left the Swabhimani Paksha to start his own political party, Maharashtra Swabhiman Party. The party merged with Congress and he became a member of the Legislative Assembly in 2008. In the 2009 Legislative Assembly elections, he was defeated by his erstwhile party MLA Srikant Pangarkar.
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The Newspaper he launched:
He started publishing the Marathi daily Prahaar in the year 2008, under the ownership of Rane Prakashan Pvt. Ltd. His position is Consulting Editor, journalist Madhukar Bhave is the editor of the newspaper.
Union minister Narayan Rane has been arrested over his controversial remarks against Uddhav Thackeray in which he said he would slap the Maharashtra chief minister.