The Bharatiya Janata Party members filed a complaint against the chief minister of Maharashtra. The protests are also against Rashmi Thackeray, the editor of Saamna and the chief minister’s wife, alongside Varun Sardesai, the president of Yuva Sena. The FIRs were lodged in Nashik.
The first complaint mentioned Uddhav Thackeray and Varun Sardesai for illegally organizing a demonstration near Narayan Rane’s residence in Mumbai. The complaint was filed by Rishikesh Jayant Aher, who also claimed that the chief minister later felicitated Sardesai for the act.
While filing the case, Rishikesh Aher referred to the protest videos broadcasted by the television channels and widely shared on social media. He urged the police to book Varun Sardesai under Sections 107, 212, and 153 (A) of the Indian Penal Code alongside cybercrime charges.
The second complaint against Uddhav Thackeray mentioned that he allegedly passed derogatory comments at the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath.
After the incident of Narayan Rane went viral on social media, a video emerged from 2018 when Thackeray wasn’t governing Maharashtra.
The footage showcased Uddhav Thackeray speaking about Yogi Adityanath, stating, “Yogi should be slapped with his chappal.” In the video, Uddhav Thackeray addresses a Dussehra speech, where he slammed the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for not removing his footwear while garlanding a photo of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It alleged that Uddhav Thackeray commented on Yogi Adityanath and asked him to sit in a cave and leave the chief minister’s seat during the same speech.