A day after BJP leader and Union minister Narayan Rane claimed that Shiv Sena minister Eknath Shinde is unhappy with his party and government, Shinde on Sunday it as “baseless” and said that Rane is attempting to create confusion within the Maha Vikas Aghadi ruling alliance.
“I have complete freedom to take decisions for my department and have taken decisions such as unified development control and promotion regulations (DCPR) and Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi corridor. It is completely wrong to say that there is interference from Matoshree or the CM in my department. Rane’s statement is baseless,” said Shinde on Sunday.
“His statement is aimed at creating confusion. Since the MVA government’s formation, the opposition party (BJP) has attempted multiple times to create such confusion within MVA,” he added.
He said that Rane has served as Maharashtra CM during the Shiv Sena-BJP government (1995-99) and knows that any important or policy decision of any departments is taken with the consent of the CM. As a Union minister, if Rane has to take any important or policy decision, then he would need to take the consent of the PM, he added.
Rane, during the Jan Ashirwad Yatra in Vasai-Virar on Saturday, had claimed that Shinde is unhappy in the Sena. “Shinde, the urban development minister, only signs files but he cannot sign any file without approval from Matoshree. So, he is bored and in trouble there. Someday, I will call him to show the path,” said Rane, speaking to mediapersons.
To a question whether Shinde would be taken into BJP, Rane had said, “If he approaches us, we will take him into BJP.”
Rane, the Shiv Sena bete noire, began his state tour from Mumbai on August 19 and after stops in Vasai-Virar, parts of Raigad and Ratnagiri, will conclude in Sindhudurg on August 26. The yatra is an outreach programme of BJP to take the Union government’s development work to the people.