Mumbai: The office of NCP leader and
Ratnagiri district guardian minister Bhaskar Jadhav was
ransacked at Chiplun on Monday amid a flare-up of rivalry between
him and Narayan Rane of Congress, both from the coastal Konkan
The act of vandalism came after verbal sparring between
Rane, the state industries minister and Jadhav. The political
rivalry between the two has intensified of late.
Hundreds of NCP workers came onto Mumbai-Goa highway this
afternoon, blocking traffic for over three hours, demanding
action against the culprits. There were reports that Congress
office in Chiplun was also attacked in retaliation, but police
did not confirm it.
Congress MP from Ratnagiri, Nilesh Rane (Narayan Rane`s
son) had recently warned NCP against poaching on Congress turf
Reacting to the attack on his office, Jadhav alleged here
that Nilesh was involved in the incident. "It is the
information of police that Nilesh was present and also, there
are many people who have seen him there," the minister said,
adding that he had filed a police complaint against him.
State Congress chief Manikrao Thakre, however, said
without naming anyone that "it does not behove a senior
minister to comment in such a manner on his colleague."
Rane had been recently critical of NCP. Local media had
quoted him as saying that despite having the power portfolio
in the state, Congress never supported the Jaitapur nuclear
power project in Konkan.
At his rally in Ratnagiri ahead of the zilla parishad
elections Konkan, Rane had said the alliance partner should
understand its limitations, and follow the coalition `dharma`.