- Raj Thackeray addressed the public in Pune today.
- Pune Police laid down several restrictions ahead of MNS chief Raj Thackeray's rally in the city.
- Thackeray took a dig at the Rana couple, and called their Hindutva 'fake'.
Raj Thackeray news: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday launched a scathing attack on the Rana couple, and called their Hindutva "fake". During an address in Pune today, Thackeray termed the tensions between the Uddhav Thackeray government, and independent MLAs Navneet Rana and Ravi Rana, a drama. He alleged that the Rana couple was fighting with Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut up until a few days back, but all of them have had food together in Ladakh.
"Is Matoshree a Masjid? Why did the Rana couple have to go and chant Hanuman Chalisa there? The Rana couple, and their Hindutva is fake," he said during the speech.
Talking about his Ayodhya visit, he said, "Two days ago, I tweeted about postponing my Ayodhya visit. I intentionally gave the statement to allow everyone to give their reactions. Those who were against my Ayodhya visit were trying to trap me, but I decided not to fall into this controversy."
Thackeray also requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to to bring Uniform Civil Code at the earliest. He also requested bring a law on population control and change the name of Maharashtra's Aurangabad to Sambhajinagar.
Ahead of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray's rally in the city at the Ganesh Kala Krida Manch, Pune Police has laid down several restrictions. As per instructions issued by the Swargate police station, Thackeray's speech must not insult any community or result in ill-will among people. The guidelines are applicable to MNS workers, and organizers of the event.
Raj Thackeray held the rally to give reasons for the postponement of his June 5 visit to Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh to seek blessings at the Ram Temple there.
His earlier rallies, on Gudi Padwa in Mumbai and later in Aurangabad, have been controversial due to his statements seeking the removal of loudspeakers atop mosques as well as for the challenges he threw at the administration on law and order if his demand was not fulfilled.