Union minister Narayan Rane's son gets flak for 'homophobic remark', LGBTQ community seeks apology
Nitesh Rane, on Saturday, tweeted an image of Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray and his Yuva Sena associate and allegedly passed a homophobic remark.
The LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community is miffed by a statement by Union Minister Narayan Rane’s son and former MP, Nilesh Rane. Deeming the statement as 'homophobic' and one that would hurt the sentiments of the community, LGBTQ rights activist Ashok Rao Kavi has demanded an apology from Rane.
The development holds relevance as Nitesh Rane, on Saturday, tweeted an image of Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray and his Yuva Sena associate Rahul Kanal together and commented, "Daughter-in-law is not available, so the son-in-law is being searched for."
Earlier on Friday, Nilesh's brother, and MLA Nitesh Rane shared a similar tweet after the Bombay High Court ruling allowing Shiv Sena's Dussehra rally at Shivaji Park, led by Uddhav Thackeray.
“You are so happy that you have got permission to hold a rally. I thought they were celebrating because Aditya has decided to marry a girl," he had tweeted.
Both tweets did not go well with the LGBTQ rights activists. Speaking to India Today, prominent LGBTQ rights activist Ashok Rao Kavi said, “Rane is an intelligent politician. This statement seems to be in bad taste. One doesn’t look for a heterosexual or homosexual partner out of no choice. Such statements looking down upon the community send a very wrong message. He should apologise for his remarks” Rao said.
In December last year, Nitesh Rane was seen cat-calling Aaditya Thackeray taking out 'Meow - meow' sounds as Aaditya Thackeray was entering the state Assembly. Nitesh, while speaking in the Assembly premises, also demanded Aditya Thackeray’s DNA to ascertain whether he was Balasaheb Thackeray’s grandson.
Earlier, another BJP leader and incumbent Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar faced wrath for making homophobic statements.
Speaking against the Maharashtra Public University Act, 2016 (Third Amendment) bill that sought to include LGBTQIA community members on university Boards. Mungantiwar had said, "Are you going to hire lesbians and gays as members?
Activists and noted personalities like Sonam Kapoor slammed Mungantiwar over the comment and sought an apology.
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