rane: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray, Narayan Rane on one plane to inaugurate Chipi airport today | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: A fresh row has broken out between Shiv Sena and BJP over credit for the Chipi airport development in Sindhdurg. The airport will be formally inaugurated on Saturday. Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia and Union minister for micro, small and medium enterprises Narayan Rane will be present at the function. All of them are expected to leave for Sindhudurg together on a plane from Mumbai.
Both, Sena and Rane, have put up hoardings along the route to the airport, claiming credit for the airport.
On Friday, Rane at a press conference in Mumbai affirmed it was through his efforts that Chipi airport took shape and was completed. It was he who, in the ’90s, took efforts to develop Sindhudurg as a tourist destination, adding that Shiv Sena was nowhere in the picture, but was now seeking to take credit.
“It was I who approached Scindia and requested him to begin operations from Chipi. He asked me for a date, and I told him any date is fine and he chose October 9 for the inauguration,” he said.
Opposition leader in the legislative council Praveen Darekar objected to the government omitting former CM Devendra Fadnavis’s name from the list of guests on the invite.
Sena MP and spokesperson Arvind Sawant said the state government had followed all protocol in extending invitations to ministers and elected representatives.

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