Shiv Sena playing a double role on Konkan proj: Rane

ST Correspondent
Friday, 19 January 2018

“If Shiv Sena really wants to oppose the project, then they have to ask their Industry Minister Subhash Desai to scrap it. They will not do so because Shiv Sena leaders had struck a deal with the company to bring the project in Konkan,” He said. 

MUMBAI: Former chief minister Narayan Rane targeted the Shiv Sena over the Nanar Green Refinery project in Konkan. On Friday, Rane levelled a serious allegation against Uddhav Thackeray and said that he is playing a double role on this project. Shiv Sena is opposing the project and on the other hand, Thackeray is threatening the protesters not to oppose the project. 

While criticising Shiv Sena, Rane warned the government to induct him in the cabinet. He said that the ruling party should not wait wait till his patience ends. 

Rane left the Congress Party in September last year and formed a new political party called Maharashtra Swabhimani Paksha which declared support to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance. Though Fadnavis gave indications soon after that Rane would be made a minister, but the chief minister did not act according to the assurance. 

Though Rane quit the Congress and joined NDA after forming his own party, NDA needed a strong opponent to tackle Shiv Sena and they found it in Narayan Rane. Soon, Rane began his role of targeting the Shiv Sena.  The government has proposed to set up a Green Refinery project in Konkan (Rajapur and Devgad districts) at Nanar. The project will affect about 16,000 agricultural lands. “Shiv Sena always played a double role with Konkan. They are going to destroy the Konkan and its beauty by installing the refinery,” alleged Rane.

“If Shiv Sena really wants to oppose the project, then they have to ask their Industry Minister Subhash Desai to scrap it. They will not do so because Shiv Sena leaders had struck a deal with the company to bring the project in Konkan,” He said. 

This project will affect about 22,000 hectares fertile land, where 3,100 hectares (cashew), 6,500 hectares (coconut), 5,700 hectares (betel nut), 6,446 hectares (rice) will be destroyed. 

Rane said that Ashok Valav, President of Nanar Sangharsh Kriti Samitee, was summoned to Mumbai on November 28 where Uddhav Thackeray threatened him not to oppose the project and Shiv Sena leaders in Konkan.   “I am going to meet Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to complain about this and will request him to look into the matter. I am going to give them an ultimatum to induct me in the cabinet,” said Rane.

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