Arch-political enemies Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Union minister Narayan Rane on Saturday shared the dais on the inauguration of an airport at Chipi within the Sindhudurg district, and took swipes at one another.
This was most likely for the primary time the 2 got here collectively on stage after Rane parted methods with the Shiv Sena — now headed by Thackeray — on a bitter notice sixteen years in the past.
The event additionally had a backdrop of Rane’s arrest in August this 12 months for a comment in opposition to the chief minister.
Rane, who hails from Sindhudurg, in his speech listed the work achieved by him since he was elected as MLA from this picturesque area of coastal Maharashtra for the primary time in 1990.
He was given the cost of the district on the directions of Shiv Sena founder (and Uddhav Thackeray’s father) late Bal Thackeray, and there have been no correct roads, water or schooling amenities within the area then, he mentioned.
After the Shiv Sena-BJP mix got here to energy within the state in 1995, he requested then chief minister Manohar Joshi to declare Sindhudurg as a “tourism district”, Rane claimed.
“After that the work for fundamental facilities like roads, energy, schooling, water, and healthcare was carried out. The prevailing infrastructure is due to Narayan Rane. No person can match it,” he mentioned.
“Folks know who works. Uddhav-ji, I learnt every part from Saheb (Bal Thackeray),” Rane added.
The BJP chief additionally mentioned even in the present day there isn’t a water or electrical energy infrastructure close to Chipi, neither is there a correct street to the airport.
In a barely veiled assault on the chief minister, Rane mentioned the late Bal Thackeray disliked mendacity, and didn’t care for many who lie.
In his speech, chief minister Thackeray hit again, saying, “Balasaheb didn’t like mendacity. Therefore, many occasions such folks (who lied) had been kicked out of the Shiv Sena. (Bal Thackeray would say) Even when the reality is bitter, please converse it.”
In one other dig at Rane, he mentioned, “As per my data, the Sindhudurg fort was constructed by (Shivaji) Maharaj…in any other case somebody would possibly say `I constructed it’.”
He additionally mentioned it should be contemplated why it took so lengthy for this airport to be constructed. “Some folks mentioned Konkan can be remodeled into California, however why has it not occurred but,” Thackeray added.
Then he took a dig at Rane’s portfolio on the Centre, particularly, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
“You (Rane) are a minister. So what whether it is `micro and small’, it’s nonetheless an necessary division and (we’re positive) you’ll use it for the advantage of Maharashtra,” the CM mentioned.
There must also be a heliport at Chipi which can be utilized for tourism, he mentioned.
The chief minister additionally mentioned he by no means combined politics and work, and when Rane referred to as him up for the grant of approval for a medical faculty within the Sindhudurg district, he instantly cleared the proposal.
Since his exit from the Sena in 2005, for which he blamed Uddhav Thackeray, Rane has usually focused the latter.
Quickly after he was inducted into the Union cupboard, Rane was arrested by the Maharashtra police in August over his feedback in opposition to Thackeray. He was granted bail by the courtroom the identical day.
In the meantime, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia mentioned on this event that due to the brand new airport, the space of 530 km between Mumbai and Chipi can now be lined in 50 minutes.
There are additionally plans to attach Chipi with Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata and different main cities and 20-25 flights to Chipi can be began within the subsequent 5 years, he mentioned.
Maharashtra now has 14 airports, Scindia famous.
Tourism minister Aaditya Thackeray, who additionally handles atmosphere portfolio, mentioned all efforts can be made to advertise tourism in Konkan whereas conserving its ecology.
The Sindhudurg Airport, often known as Chipi Airport, is unfold over 275 hectares. The size of its runway is 2,500 metres, and it will probably accommodate narrow-body plane like Airbus A-320 and Boeing B-737.
The airport terminal constructing has the capability to deal with 200 departing and 200 arriving passengers throughout peak hours.
Union minister Ramdas Athawale and Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had been additionally amongst these current on the event.