Now, Nitesh Rane plays Marathi 'manoos' card, targets Gujaratis in Mumbai who praise Narendra Modi

Friday, 2 August 2013 - 6:06pm IST Updated: Friday, 2 August 2013 - 7:08pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Web Team
Rane junior took to Twitter to vent his frustration against housing societies dominated by Gujarati speaking residents that insist on renting out or selling homes only to vegetarians.
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It seems the breed of foot-in-mouth-politicians has found a new member in Congress leader Nitesh Rane, whose attack on the Gujarati community in Mumbai has caused quite a flutter on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Rane junior took to Twitter to vent his frustration against housing societies dominated by Gujarati speaking residents that insist on renting out or selling homes only to vegetarians.

In a series of tweets from his handle @NiteshNRane, he targeted "white-collar" Gujaratis in Mumbai, who supported Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and asked them to leave the city, so that "Marathi manus can flourish" and "buy houses where there is no discrimination".

Nitesh Rane's office confirmed that the above said handle belongs to the leader.

Though Nitesh defended his comments in an interview with a leading Mumbai-based publication, his tweets have drawn sharp reactions from Gujaratis. Here are some of the tweets that are doing the rounds on the micro-blogging site:

This is not the first time that Nitesh's tweets have stirred up a controversy. On July 31, the Congress leader had commented on author Shobhaa De's demand for Mumbai as a separate state.

The tweet had drawn sharp reactions from all quarters for being sexist. However, Nitesh remained defiant and refused to apologise for his comments. In response to calls for apology to De, he tweeted

Till now, Nitesh has remained in the shadow of his father and Congress minister Narayan Rane. We wonder whether these tweets were a sort of prelude to his entering the bigger game.


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