Updated: May 9, 2022 1:10:17 am
Parliamentarian Navneet Rana on Sunday challenged chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to contest elections from “anywhere in Maharashtra”, adding she was “willing to contest against him and show him the empowerment of women in electoral politics.”
After being discharged from Lilavati hospital, where she was admitted for treatment of spondylosis, the Amaravati MP, who was arrested last month, alleged that she was harassed and tortured in the lockup.
Stating that she was jailed along with her husband for “taking lord Ram’s name”, Rana said the “people of the state will give a befitting reply to them (the state’s ruling MVA government) as they have misused their power”.
Addressing CM Thackeray, she said, “If you have guts, then contest election from any of the districts in state. I will contest against you and then see who the people of the state choose. You have got the CM’s position because of your forefathers’ name. I challenge you to enter the electoral process, contest and win the elections. I will contest against you.” Rana said she would come up against Shiv Sena in the upcoming civic body election, accusing the party of “massive corruption in the BMC in the past few decades”.
“If reciting Hanuman Chalisa is a crime then I am willing to stay in jail not only for 14 days but for 14 years too. If they think that they can suppress a woman’s voice by keeping her in jail for 14 days then it’s not going to happen…Our fight is in the name of god and it’s going to continue further. The Shiv Sena-led government will pay the price for victimising me,” the Independent MP said.
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Rana and her MLA husband Ravi Rana were arrested under sedition charges after they had announced that they will recite Hanuman Chalisa in front of Matoshri, the personal residence of CM Uddhav Thackeray.
Though they withdrew their decision, they faced protest from ruling Sena’s activists.
The couple was released from jail on Friday after Mumbai session court granted them bail on certain conditions and observed that sedition charges were not made out against the couple.
Rana said she would be visiting Delhi to complain against the state government for “misusing the power” and “committing atrocities on her”. She also accused Sena leader Sanjay Raut of giving death threats to her and her husband Ravi Rana.
Earlier, responding to Navneet Rana’s statements, Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said, “We don’t give much importance to her threats… We dismiss them as inconsequential.” She further added, “Circulating the videos of her hospitalisation amounts to violation of secrecy act. This leads to a question whether the hospital was working under pressure. How could a VIP patient like Navneet Rana make her videos public? It is clear they are good at staging drama in public.”
Meanwhile, a few Shiv Sena leaders alleged that by speaking to the media, Rana had violated the terms and conditions laid out by the sessions court while granting bail to her.
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