The former Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray joined the wagon to slam Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari over his remarks on the communities in the state.
The governor had made a statement at an inauguration event saying that without Gujaratis and Rajasthanis Mumbai would not have been the financial capital of the country.
Uddhav Thackeray accused the Governor of insulting the “Marathi Manoos”. And was dividing and polarising Hindus ahead of the BMC polls. Thackeray said that Koshiyari had insulted Marathi Pride. And was trying to divide society based on community.
He also said the time has come to think whether Koshiyari should be sent home or to jail.
Uddhav Thackeray slams Governor
“Bhagat Singh Koshyari must have seen beautiful caves, forts of Shivaji and all other good things during his two-and-a-half years. However, now it is also time to show them the Kolhapuri shoe. Because Kolhapuri joda (shoe) is also the glory of Maharashtra. One can interpret this the way one wants. But it’s surely time to show the world-famous Kolhapuri joda to Koshyari. How people will use this joda is up to them”. Said Uddhav Thackeray.
Uddhav Thackeray also mentioned that he respected the chair of the Governor while the person sitting in the chair did not keep the chair’s respect.
The governor’s statement triggered a storm and a wave of criticism as several Shiv Sena and NCP politicians like Priyanka Chaturvedi, Sanjay Raut and Supriya Sule slammed him for his comments. Many leaders expressed took to Twitter and expressed their dissatisfaction with his statement.
Koshiyari’s statement also brought out a response by the new chief minister Eknath Shinde, however, the response was not as sharp as the previously mentioned leaders.
Shinde said “The governor has his personal views but we won’t support his statements. We will never forget Mumbaikars and the contribution of Marathi people to Mumbai.”
“Mumbai is an important city with immense potential. Despite people from all over the country making it their home, Marathi people have preserved their identity and pride and it shouldn’t be insulted”, he added.