Nitesh Rane's tweet asking Gujaratis to leave Mumbai stirs controversy

Swabhimaan Sanghatana chief Nitesh Rane's controversial tweet asking any Gujaratis who praise Naendra Modi to leave the metropolis landed him in trouble on Friday with the Maharashtra Legislative Council asking the state government to initiate action against him as it may create "social discord".

Raising the issue in the Upper House, Ashish Shelar (BJP) said, "It (statement) would create religious and social conflict in the metropolis. The statement is derogatory towards Modi and Gujarati-speaking people."

"Veg skies, Veg hospitals, Veg housing societies..soon Veg Mumbai! Either Gujjus go back to Gujarat or they turn Mumbai into Gujarat...Red alert," Nitesh, son of senior Congress leader Narayan Rane, tweeted on Wednesday.

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Swabhimaan Sanghatana chief Nitesh Rane's controversial tweet has landed him in trouble. File Pic

Later, defending himself, Nitesh told reporters here, "They live and earn their livelihood in this city, but praise Modi and Gujarat's development model. Such people should leave Mumbai and move to Gujarat."

"When people from various caste and creed are living with harmony, Nitesh's statement is polluting the social atmosphere," Shellar said.

"The state government should take this issue seriously and action should be taken against him. The government should also make its stand clear," the BJP legislator demanded.

Responding to this, Chairman Shivajirao Deshmukh asked senior NCP minister Ganesh Naik to convey the matter to the government and initiate action accordingly. 

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