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Congress won’t tolerate insult to CM at Modi’s functions

Narayan Rane

Mumbai: Senior Maharashtra minister Narayan Rane today said Congress would not tolerate insult to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan at the functions where the Prime Minister is present.

Chavan yesterday skipped a function at Nagpur where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present, after being heckled by BJP supporters at another function at Solapur last week.

“We will not tolerate our CM being insulted in future. Just as the PM’s post has a certain sanctity and we respect it, so does the CM’s post and everybody should respect it,” said Rane.

“Be it Haryana, Jharkhand or Maharashtra, the Chief Ministers are not getting the respect at PM’s events. He (Modi) is the country’s PM, not BJP’s PM,” Rane said.

The senior Congress leader, who is heading the party’s campaign committee for upcoming assembly polls, said the campaign would start on September 1 from Hutatma Chowk in Mumbai.

“Our opponents have nothing to show but empty boasts,” he said. “People are disillusioned with the Modi government. They (BJP) said we will end inflation but in reality, inflation has shot up, be it the prices of petrol or diesel or other essential commodities,” he said.

Modi should be told that the projects he inaugurated in recent times were initiated by the Congress-led UPA government, Rane said.

“When the Congress government took decision on allowing FDI in retail, BJP criticised it, but now after coming to power it is bringing FDI in defence sector too,” Rane said.

To a question on the demand that Marathi-speaking areas of neighbouring Karnataka be included in Maharashtra, Rane said, “Our demand is that Belgaum and Karwar should be part of Maharashtra.”

Asked about his cabinet colleague Nitin Raut supporting the movement for separate state of Vidarbha, Rane said, “When did we say that we oppose demand for separate Vidarbha?”

Asked if he was of the view that Priyanka Gandhi should campaign in Maharashtra, Rane said, “I don’t want to comment on that….It is for the party leadership to decide who will participate in the campaign.”

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