Mumbai: Taking on the Shiv Sena for opposing
the Jaitapur nuclear project, Maharashtra Industries Minister
Narayan Rane on Thursday alleged that 11 corporate houses have
offered Rs 500 crore to the party to get it scuttled.
Rane told the state Assembly that fearing they would have
to lower tariffs on electricity produced by them if Jaitapur
project sees the light of the day, 11 corporate houses had
approached a "particular political party" in order to scuttle
"According to our information, that political party is
Shiv Sena and the input is being probed," Rane, a former chief
minister with a strong support base in the Konkan region where
the project is coming up, told the House.
Shiv Sena`s public meeting in Jaitapur, originally slated
for April 3 was postponed to April 9 after a sum was paid as
advance, he alleged.
"Party (Sena) leaders have gone on vacation after taking
the money," Rane said in an apparent reference to Sena`s
executive president Uddhav Thackeray, who was on a vacation at
Kanha National Park when a protester was killed at Jaitapur in
police firing on Monday.
Shiv Sena, which is against the 9900 MW project, had
called a shut-down against the incident on Tuesday.
"Those living in glass houses should not throw stones at
others," Rane said.
Shiv Sena members were not present in the House when Rane
made the allegation.
Sena legislature party leader Subhash Desai rushed to the
House in a few minutes and demanded that the minister prove
his allegation and sought expunction of Rane`s remarks.
However, the Speaker said even when the remarks were
expunged, they were repeated outside for the benefit of TV
channels. Leader of the Opposition Eknath Khadse and BJP MLA
Sudhir Mungantiwar also objected to the Rane`s charge.