The political imbalance in tri-party ruled Maharashtra doesn’t seem to meet an end so soon. However, the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, has perhaps tried to douse off the flame between the state government & the Central government by a recent tweet.
Union Home Minister, Amit Shah, on Saturday, Oct 19, pointed at Governor’s disrespectful letter to the Maharashtra CM and his choices of words in the same. “I have gone through the letter. He has made a passing reference. However, I also feel that he should have been more restrained in the choice of his words.” Shah was heard saying in the matter.
He added, “He [The Governor] has made a passing reference, but I also believe that he [The Governor] could have avoided the selection of those particular words.” in another conversation with News18.
In a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister, Uddhav Thackeray, concerning reopening of places of worship, State Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, wrote, “I wonder if you are receiving any divine premonition to keep postponing the reopening of places of worship time and again or have you turned ‘secular’ yourselves, a term you hated?” adding to his initial statement claiming how ironical it was for bars and restaurants to open while ‘our Gods and Goddesses have been condemned to stay in the lockdown’.
CM Thackerey, in the response to the State Governor’s letter, said that he did not need a certificate of Hindutva from anyone to prove his beliefs. Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MP, said “The governor’s letter followed by the chief minister’s reply was an unavoidable controversy and we haven’t started it.”
In appreciation of Amit Shah’s support, he added, “But, we are satisfied with the Union Home Minister’s stand and thank him for understanding the reason of our anger.” He also clarified that the Union Home Minister’s support was not to be viewed as a political stand and said, “There is nothing political. What Shah said was in line with the Constitution of India.”
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) which is in alliance with Congress party and Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, also reacted to the news. The NCP chief, Sharad Pawar, stated that “it’s significant” to see such satisfactory comment by Union Home Minister on the words used by the state GuV for Maha CM. He then went ahead to ask GuV Koshyari to step down by taking the moral responsibility of the unnecessary controversy created by him.
“If Union Home Minister has raised concern over language used by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari (in a letter from Gov to State CM), it’s significant. Anyone with self-respect will not continue to hold the post, he(Gov) should think about it” stated NCP chief to ANI.
If Union Home Minister has raised concern over language used by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari (in a letter from Gov to State CM), it's significant. Anyone with self-respect will not continue to hold the post, he(Gov) should think about it: Sharad Pawar, NCP (19.10) pic.twitter.com/DqJAF3MR8i
— ANI (@ANI) October 19, 2020