Hours after controversy over his actions, Maharashtra Congress MLA Nitesh Rane issued his first statement after he threw mud on a highway engineer on Thursday. Speaking to media, Nitesh, who is the son of former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane, tried to defend his actions and implied that he will take law into his own hands again.
"These officials think that all politicians are sold. Nobody has the capability to buy Rane. Leave our Kankavli and Sindhudurg as it is by doing its development. From now, everyday I and that engineer will supervise the highway work. I have the medicine for all these people's inefficient work. We are working for the people's welfare. As in the coming monsoon, the roads will worsen. If the June rains are so bad, then in July the condition will be worse. After compalining for 15-20 days, work is not being done. But now getting the job done is my responsibility. We will see how they don't do the job," Rane said.
In the video accessed earlier, Nitesh Rane, who is a member of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for the Kankavli constituency, was seen throwing mud on highway engineer Prakash Shedekar. The Congress MLA was seen threatening the highway officer and pulling his from his collar.
Sources told that Nitesh and his supporters carried out actions after the local administration was not repairing the potholes on the highway. Infuriated Nitesh Rane and his supporters took the matter in their own hands and resorted to throwing mud on highway engineer at a bridge near Mumbai-Goa highway in Kankavali.
Lashing out on the Congress MLA, former Cong spokesperson and newly-joined Shiv Sena leader Priyanka Chaturvedi said that the government in Maharashtra should stringently deal with this kind of 'hooliganism'.