Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh called out Bhagat Singh Koshyari for his controversial remarks on Maharashtra’s financial status. Ramesh alleged that Koshyari holds the Governor’s office because he is a loyalist of ‘the two.’ He referred to the incumbent Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and former Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.
Bhagat Singh Koshayari, former Vice-President of Bharatiya Janata Party, said Mumbai would not have been the financial capital if not for Gujaratis and Rajasthanis. On Friday, Koshayari stated, “I keep telling people that if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis leave Maharashtra, especially from Mumbai and Thane, you will have no money.”
However, Jairam Ramesh, a Member of Rajya-Sabha from Congress, replied to the remark and said, “His name is Koshyari. But what he speaks and does as a Governor of Maharashtra is not ‘Hoshyari’ in the slightest. He sits on that chair because he loyally takes orders from two people.”
Maharashtra Congress supremo Nana Patole also condemned Koshyari’s remarks and called for his immediate removal. According to him, the government must immediately remove him from the Governor’s position.
Earlier on Saturday, Shiv Sena leaders from the Uddhav Thackeray faction fumed at Koshyari’s remarks. They accused him of hurting Maharashtra’s pride. Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena member, tweeted, “CM Shinde, at least condemn the Governor. His statement is an insult to Marathi’s hard-working people.”
Priyanka Chaturvedi, a Member of Rajya-Sabha, also tweeted, “It is an insult to the hard-working people of Maharashtra. Marathi Manoos toil day in and out to make the state a leading head in India. The Governor must apologize immediately or else we must demand him to replace him.”
She added to her tweet, “Are the CM and deputy CM okay with this? Why are they silent? Oh wait! Thet still have not agreed on their Cabinet Ministers.”
Former Union Minister from Congress, Milind Deora, tweeted, “My father was from Rajasthan and mother from Kolhapur. Yet, they identified themselves as Mumbaikars and Maharashtrians. Mumbai’s original inhabitants welcomed all with love and respect. Its diversity is its greatest strength. Why discriminate when Mumbai doesn’t?”