The Raj Bhavan on Monday called “baseless” reports of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari considering quitting amid mounting pressure for his removal over controversial comments made by him against Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The chorus for Koshyari’s removal has grown louder with Shiv Sena (UBT), NCP and Congress raising the pitch.
“The reports of the governor considering resignation are baseless,” sources from Raj Bhavan told PTI.
In response, former Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray criticized the state for not speaking out against the governor’s comments.
“Constantly insulting the state, its revered icons, social reformers and being blatantly political is a feather in the cap of the current governor in his establishment, like none in the past of his rank. Shame it hasn’t been removed yet and the government isn’t talking about it! Thackeray tweeted.
Earlier this month, Koshyari sparked controversy by saying that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was an icon of “old days”, a comment called an “insult” to the 17th century king and the state by the opposition.
“In the old days, when you were asked who your icon is, Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose and Mahatma Gandhi were the answers. In Maharashtra, you don’t need to look elsewhere (since) there are so many icons here. While Chhatrapati is Shivaji Maharaj of old, there is Ambedkar and Nitin Gadkari,” the governor had said.
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