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Maharashtra Guv’s ‘Gujaratis’ Remark Irks Uddhav Thackeray, Says “Time To See Kolhapuri Chappals”

Koshyari had on Friday said Mumbai will cease to be the financial capital of the country if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis left the city.

Uddhav Thackeray Bhagat Singh Koshyari
File photo: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray tenders the resignation of his post to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan Mumbai. (Photo: Twitter/@maha_governor)

New Delhi: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari‘s remarks against Mumbai drew the ire of political leaders on Saturday, with former chief minister Uddhav Thackeray demanding an apology. Koshyari had on Friday said Mumbai will cease to be the financial capital of the country if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis left the city. Irked by the remark, the Shiv Sena chief said the Governor has tasted the Marathi cuisines, now it was time for Koshyari to see the Kolhapuri chappals.

While Chief Minister Eknath Shinde distanced himself from the statement, Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh and Sachin Sawant tweeted the video of Governor’s speech and condemned his remarks.

Hitting out at the Governor, Thackeray said the time has come to decide whether Koshyari should be sent back home or to jail. Thackeray accused the Governor of “polarising Hindus living peacefully” in Mumbai and Thane.

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The Shiv Sena chief also took a dig at the Govenor saying, “As governor of Maharashtra, Bhagat Singh Koshyari enjoyed everything of Maharashtra in last 2.5 years. He enjoyed Maharashtra cuisine, now time has come he should see Kolhapuri’s chappal.”

Governor Says Comments “Misconstrued”

The Maharashtra Governor had made the remarks while addressing an event in Mumbai on Friday evening. Koshyari had said there will be no money left in Mumbai if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are not there in the city.

In view of the political row, Koshyari on Saturday said his comments were misconstrued and added that he had “no intention of belittling the hard work of Marathi-speaking people”.

Governor Insulted Marathis: Thackeray

Addressing a press conference at his residence ‘Matoshree’, Thackeray said, “The hatred that the governor harbours in his mind against Marathi people has inadvertently come out.” He demanded that the governor tender an apology to Marathi people.

“Time has come to decide whether to send Koshyari back home or to jail…In the last three years, he has insulted Marathi-speaking people despite staying in Maharashtra. Now with these comments, he has brought disrespect to the governor’s post,” Thackeray alleged.

The former Maharashtra chief minister said when he was fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and people were dying, the governor wanted the places or religious worship be reopened.

“Koshyari did not approve the 12 names from the governor’s quota for the Maharashtra Legislative Council. He also made derogatory remarks against social reformer Savitribai Phule,” Thackeray alleged.