Uddhav says Governor Koshyari is a 'parcel sent to Maharashtra via Amazon by Centre'

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Uddhav says Governor Koshyari is a 'parcel sent to Maharashtra via Amazon by Centre'

On November 22, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari sparked a political controversy after he called Chhatrapati Shivaji an ‘icon of old era’ while speaking at a convocation ceremony of Babasaheb Ambedkar University in Aurangabad. 

Following Koshyari’s remarks, a flurry of criticism spewed in from the opposition. Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena and NCP demanded the Maha Governor’s resignation. Following Koshyari’s remarks, a flurry of criticism spewed in from the opposition. Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena and NCP demanded the Maha Governor’s resignation.

Former Maharashtra CM and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has called Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari "a parcel sent to Maharashtra via Amazon by Centre", and demanded that Koshyari should be removed from the post for demeaning Maharashtra icon Chhatrapati Shivaji.
On November 19, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari sparked a political controversy after he called Chhatrapati Shivaji an ‘icon of old era’ while speaking at a convocation ceremony of Babasaheb Ambedkar University in Aurangabad.

Criticising the governor for his comments on Maratha icon, Thackeray said: "This governor who is a parcel sent via Amazon to Maharashtra by the central government, if they don't take him back within two to five days, a statewide protest or bandh will be organized." 

Maharashtra | Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is being insulted and the government is sitting silent. I do not understand who the CM is. But what will a person, who is in power with the help of Delhi, say against them: Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray pic.twitter.com/hLyZ5VyCD7

— ANI (@ANI) November 24, 2022

Uddhav Thackeray said Central govt should take this ( Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari ) parcel back & send him anywhere. Incumbent Maharashtra governor should be send to senior citizens home, he is not liable to be governor of Maharashtra. @NewIndianXpress @TheMornStandard

— Sudhir Suryawanshi (@ss_suryawanshi) November 24, 2022  

The Governor had made these comments at a function on Saturday where Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and NCP leader Sharad Pawar were present. “Earlier, when you were asked who your icon is, the answers would be Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose, and Mahatma Gandhi. In Maharashtra, you need not look elsewhere (as) there are so many icons here. While Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is an icon of the olden days, now there are BR Ambedkar and Nitin Gadkari," Koshyari said on Saturday.

Following Koshyari’s remarks, opposition parties were furious. Uddhav Thackeray-led Sena and NCP demanded the Maha Governor’s resignation.

Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole said that the party and people in the state “will not tolerate the insult of social reformers”.

National Congress Party has also said that they would give away a reward of Rs 1 lakh to anyone who would tear Governor Koshyari’s dhoti. NCP leader Ajit Pawar said the governor should resign at once. Raj Thackeray-led MNS also slammed Koshyari over his remarks on Shivaji.

BJP's stand

Clarifying the issue, Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis said that Koshyari’s statement “has been understood in a wrong way and some other meaning has been derived”.

"Till the sun and the moon are there, Maharashtra’s icon will be Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and he is our hero. There is no doubt in anybody’s heart and even that of a governor regarding Shivaji Maharaj. Many meanings were derived from his statements. Even the governor is of the view which we hold,” stated Fadnavis.

Published on: Nov 24, 2022, 6:04 PM IST

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