#ArrestUddhavThackeray trends on Twitter, as old video goes viral

#ArrestUddhavThackeray trends on Twitter, as old video goes viral

A video from 2018 featuring CM Uddhav Thackeray has gone viral. In this video, Thackeray had made comments against Yogi Adityanath. It is the timing of the video that is noteworthy as it has surfaced exactly the day after Union Minister Narayan Rane was jailed for threatening to ‘slap’ Chief Minister Uddhav.

The video is from 2018, a year before Thackeray became the CM of Maharashtra and in this video, he can be heard saying that Yogi Adityanath should be beaten with chappal.

In the video that has surfaced online, it seems that Thackeray was targeting CM Yogi Adityanath. At that time, Yogi had come on election campaigning in Maharashtra.

“Look at the way Yogi came - like an inflated balloon. It keeps going up in the air. He is just like that. As soon as he came, he went to garland Maharaj’s photo, but with chappals in his feet. It feels like he should be beaten with the same chappals. Do you even deserve to stand in front of Maharaj?” Uddhav Thackeray is heard saying in his rally speech. “This is the way Maharaj is being insulted. And he is insulted not just by Yogi. This is BJP’s blood," says Thackeray in the video.

He adds, “How can he become the Chief Minister if he is a yogi? If he is a yogi, he should have left everything and gone into a cave. You call yourself for Yogi after sitting on a chief minister’s chair? He can’t be a yogi. When he comes to Maharashtra from Uttar Pradesh he should be told about the relations between Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh,” he added. “When Gagbhatt had come from there, he had given so much of respect to Shivaji Maharaj during the coronation ceremony."

Minister Narayan Rane on the other hand was granted bail by a Raigad Magistrate late on Tuesday. He was arrested in a case pertaining to his 'slap slur' against Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

The development came around 8 hours after Rane's dramatic arrest by a police posse from his camp in Sangameshwar, Ratnagiri, from where he was whisked off to a Raigad court late in the evening.

The Central minister was nabbed - a first-ever for the state - after multiple cases were filed against him in various districts for his 'slap slur' targeting Thackeray.

BJP has called the episode of Rane’s arrest a political vendetta. The state president Chandrakant Patil also claims that Rane was given inhuman treatment after his arrest.  

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