Mumbai: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s contentious comment today set off a political uproar. The Chief Minister distanced himself after Uddhav Thackeray, the leader of the Shiv Sena, launched a scathing attack accusing him of “splitting” Hindus.
The Maharashtra governor stated in a speech yesterday that there would be no money left in Maharashtra “If Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are removed from Maharashtra, particularly in Mumbai and Thane, which means Mumbai would no longer be able to serve as the nation’s financial capital.”
Eknath Shinde, the chief minister of Maharashtra, claimed that the governor’s remarks were personal and that he did not support them after criticism from the opposition.
Shinde said, “We don’t agree with Mr Koshyari’s view (on Mumbai). It’s his personal view. He has now issued a clarification. He occupies a constitutional post and should take care that his actions are not insulting to others.” He said, adding that “the Marathi community’s hard work has contributed to the development and progress of Mumbai.”
The government has to decide whether to send him home or to prison. It depends on the government. “Mr. Thackeray is irate. He has made fun of the Marathis’ pride,” Mr. Thackeray continued.
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, condemned the governor’s comments today, saying they have been insulting to the hard-working Marathi people. Mr. Raut tweeted in Marathi, “The Marathi man is getting humiliated soon after the BJP-sponsored Chief Minister comes to office.”
Congress spokesperson Jairam Ramesh tweeted. He was apparently alluding to the Maharashtra Cabinet, which is made up of Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
According to a press release from the Raj Bhavan, Mr. Koshyari praised the Gujarati and Rajasthani populations’ contributions to creating Mumbai, the nation’s financial capital.