“Uddhav Thackeray Conspired Against Us”: MLA Ravi Rana As Hanuman Chalisa Row Escalates

Mumbai: MP Navneet Rana’s husband Ravi Rana alleged that Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray framed him and his wife. He said that Uddhav Thackeray has conspired against them. They have been taken into custody by Mumbai Police. They had posed threats of reciting Hanuman Chalisa outside Uddhav Thackeray’s private residence.

Speaking with India Today Ravi Rana said, “False cases have been put on us by the chief minister because we took Bajrangbali’s name, Shri Ram’s name and spoke about Hanuman Chalisa. Reciting Hanuman Chalisa is not a crime. Uddhav Thackeray has conspired against us.”

Based on an FIR under section 353 of the Indian Penal Code, they were arrested. Section 353 of IPC deals with assault or use of criminal force against a public servant in the execution of his duty.

They have been also booked under IPC section 153 (A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), and section 135 of the Mumbai Police Act (violation of prohibitory orders of police).

MP Navneet Rana and her husband Ravi Rana are sent for judicial remand till May 6 by a Mumbai Court.

The couple had earlier on Saturday alleged that they were not allowed to leave their home because of a huge deployment of cops and a massive protest by the Shiv Sena workers. They had warned they would chant the hymn in praise of the Hindu God outside the CM’s home, challenging his stance on Hindutva.

Later, the lawmaker duo backed off, citing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Mumbai on Sunday. “Our aim was fulfilled, though Ravi Rana and I couldn’t reach ‘Matoshree’ (Thackeray’s Mumbai residence), ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ that was supposed to be chanted by us was chanted by bhakts,” Navneet Rana said shortly before her arrest.

“Shiv Sena has become a party of goons. Uddhav Thackeray only knows how to file offenses against people and put them behind bars. He’s creating a Bengal-like situation in Maharashtra,” she added.

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