Row Over Maharashtra Governor’s Remarks; Shiv Sena, Congress, and NCP protest against a statement

Mumbai: Several leaders of Shiv Sena, congress, and NCP protested against a statement of Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari stated while addressing a program, “If Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are removed from Maharashtra, especially Mumbai and Thane, then no money would be left here. Mumbai would not be able to remain the financial capital of the country.”

A local chowk in Andheri West in Mumbai is named after the late Shantidevi Champalalji Kothari. Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari attended the program as chief guest. The statement was made in the same program.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut claimed that Koshyari’s speech was an insult to the people of Maharashtra. He urged Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to condemn the statement. “The Marathi man gets insulted as soon as a BJP-sponsored chief minister is in power. CM Shinde, at least condemn the Governor. This is an insult to Marathi hard-working people,” Raut said in a tweet on Saturday.

Dipak Kesarkar, the spokesperson from the Shinde group, said that they will file a complaint against the governor in the central government. The state has been insulted due to the statement of the governor, he said.

Rajya Sabha MP from Shiv Sena Priyanka Chaturvedi stated in a tweet, “This is an insult to the hard work of the people of Maharashtra and Marathi Manoos who have toiled day in and day out to make the state leading state of the country.” Congress spokesperson Sachin Savant and NCP MLA Amol Mitkari also protested the statement.

Maharashtra Chief Minster Eknath Shinde said that “Governor has his own personal views but we won’t support his statements. Governor’s post is a constitutional post. He must speak under the ethics of the constitution. We will never forget Mumbaikar’s & Marathi people’s contributions to Mumbai.


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