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Mumbai, July 30 : Former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday waded into a controversy as he slammed Governor BS Koshyari’s remarks on “Mumbai will lose status of financial capital if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis left”.
Thackeray said the governor has crossed all limits in insulting ‘Marathi Manoos’ and Marathi pride.
Addressing a press conference, Thackeray alleged that Koshyari has insulted Marathi people and that his statement was intentional.
“Koshyari has crossed the limit. He should respect the chair he is occupying,” the Shiv Sena chief said, adding that it is time to “send him back.”
“In fact, it should be decided if he should be sent back or to prison,” the Sena chief stated demanding an apology from Koshyari.
On Friday, while speaking at an inauguration event of a chowk in Andheri renamed after the late Shantidevi Champalalji Kothari Governor Koshyari said: “I keep telling people sometimes that if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are removed from Maharashtra — especially from Mumbai and Thane, then you will have no money left.”
Official Twitter account of the Office of Shiv Sena Party President Uddhavsaheb Thackeray tweeted in Marathi: “Governor has tried to divide Hindus…
“This government should take a stand regarding the governor, what kind of a person has been sent to us; if he does not respect the post of governor, if he insults the Marathi man, then appropriate decision should be taken, this is my demand on behalf of all Marathi and Hindus.
“After staying in Maharashtra for 3 years … this is not befitting of a person like Koshyari. He has lost the glory of the post of Governor.”
Thackeray took a dig at the governor saying: “I thank you once again for openly saying that you want to swallow Mumbai’s money and Mumbai’s glory!”
The opposition parties, including Sena, Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, have objected to his remarks, calling it an insult to other communities especially the people of Maharashtra.
“Marathi Manoos gets insulted as soon as a BJP-sponsored chief minister assumes power,” Sena MP Sanjay Raut said. “CM Shinde, at least condemn the Governor. This is an insult to Marathi hard-working people,” Raut tweeted.
He also shared the video of the governor.
Congress leader Sachin Sawant also tweeted the video and said the insult of the Marathi people by the Governor of Maharashtra is terrible.