NEW DELHI: Maharashtra governor
Bhagat Singh Koshyari
's controversial comments about Marathi icon Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj have kicked up a political storm in the state, with former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray now demanding his recall.
Thackeray on Thursday described Koshyari as an "Amazon parcel from the Centre" who must be "taken back."
"I request the central Government to take back the Amazon parcel which they have sent in form of the governor," he said.
Koshyari had stirred up a controversy on Saturday when he said Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was an icon of "olden days." The governor also referred to Babasaheb Ambedkar and Union minister Nitin Gadkari while talking about "icons" in the state.
The remarks have been criticized by leaders across the political spectrum.
BJP MP Udayanraje Bhosale, a descendent of Shivaji, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded Koshyari's removal from the post. He also wrote to deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis seeking action against Koshyari.
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar said the governor "has crossed all limits."
"I think the President and the Prime Minister should take a decision (about Koshyari). Such people should not be given crucial posts," he said.
The post of governor represents an institution and in order to maintain the dignity of that post, we did not comment against Koshyari earlier, the NCP supremo added.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said the BJP should make its stand on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj clear.
"I ask BJP leaders, the Maharashtra governor, and BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi, what is the BJP's stand on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj? What all they have not said about Shivaji Maharaj," the Congress's media head said.
Trivedi allegedly said that Shivaji Maharaj had "apologised" to Mughal emperor Aurangzeb.