In a devastating attack on Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Uddhav Thackeray urged the center to take back the Amazon package they sent in the form of the governor.
Thackeray threatened statewide protests if the governor is not relieved of his duties, saying, “Return this monster or send him to a retirement home.” A slip like that can’t happen every time. The central government must understand that Maharashtra will not sit idly by.”
Shivaji Maharaj, an icon of yesteryear
This comes in the wake of the new controversy sparked by Koshyari on November 19 when he called Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj an “ancient idol”.
In a speech at a function at the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University in Aurangabad on Saturday, the governor of Maharashtra said: “Earlier, when you were asked who your icon is, the answers were Jawaharlal Nehru, Subhas Chandra Bose and Mahatma Gandhi. In Maharashtra, you don’t need to look elsewhere (since) there are so many icons here. While Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is an icon of yesteryear, now there are BR Ambedkar and Nitin Gadkari”.
Governor’s comment angers Sena
However, the governor’s remark about the Maratha warrior was not well received by the Sena leaders in particular who condemned the governor’s statement saying that he is known for disrespecting great leaders.
“Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is not only our deity, but also our source of inspiration. He will always be the idol for all of us,” Anand Dubey, a spokesman for the Uddhav Sena, said in a statement.
Shiv Sena MLA Sanjay Gaikwad of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s faction also demanded Koshyari be expelled from the state on Monday.
“The governor should understand that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s ideals never get old and he cannot be compared to any other great person in the world. My request to the BJP leaders at the center is that a person who does not know the history of the state and how it functions should be sent elsewhere,” said the MLA.
The sentiments of Sena leaders were also echoed by BJP MP Udayanraje Bhosale, a descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who criticized Koshyari and fellow party member Sudhanshu Trivedi for allegedly offensive comments about the iconic 17th century king.
“When I heard the governor’s statement about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, I couldn’t understand what was the basis of such a statement,” said Bhosale, adding that the king was fighting for justice and to free people from slavery when all other rulers had accepted Mughal rule.
In addition, he also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding Koshyari’s resignation.
In the letter to Modi, Bhosale said the prime minister’s visit to Raigad Fort and the unveiling of the new naval ensign bearing Shivaji Maharaj’s seal proved his “devotion” to the iconic king.
“…but it would also be appropriate to remove the Hon governor of Maharashtra as his statements seem very contradictory to the devotion you have towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj,” the letter read.
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