Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari sparked a major political controversy after he called Maratha icon Shivaji Maharaj an icon of “old days”, with the opposition demanding action against the governor and an NCP leader even announcing a reward for his dhoti let it tear.
Congress on Sunday demanded that Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari be recalled over his remark. Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole said the Congress will work towards an “ideologically pure Maharashtra” and will not tolerate the insults of social reformers Mahatma Phule, Savitribai Phule and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Following his comments about Sivaji, the National Congress Party withheld a reward of Rs 1 lakh for anyone who would tear Governor Koshyari’s dhoti.
Governor Koshyari said on Saturday that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was an icon of “old days” even as he referred to BR Ambedkar and union minister Nitin Gadkari as he spoke of “icons” in the state.
Patole alleged that Koshyari had made disparaging remarks against Mahatma Phule and Savitribai Phule and lashed out at the governor for remarks about Shivaji Maharaj.
BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi had also made insulting remarks to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj that the latter apologized to Mughal king Aurangazeb five times, he claimed. “This will not be tolerated. The BJP should apologize publicly and the governor should be recalled,” Patole demanded.
Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut also demanded the removal of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Sunday over his “old idol” comment about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He also said that Prime Minister Eknath Shinde should also resign.
Senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Ajit Pawar also joined the chorus demanding the resignation of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari from his post. Pawar said the governor should resign if he does not understand the emotions of the state and legendary warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
In light of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi facing flak for his remarks about freedom fighter VD Savarkar, Patole said Gandhi had drawn a comparison between the ideologies of iconic tribal leader Birsa Munda and Savarkar when dealing with the British.
“This is an ideological comparison. Rahul Gandhi did not want to create controversy, but the BJP wanted to divert attention. Rahul Gandhi had even shown documentary evidence of Savarkar’s plea for mercy (when he was in prison),” he said. .
AICC general secretary (communications) Jairam Ramesh said, “The day BJP and RSS stop lying about our leaders, we will stop telling the truth about their leaders.”
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