After Mukesh Ambani and Sachin Tendulkar, it is the Governor’s turn to face the Shiv Sena’s wrath for saying Mumbai belongs to all.
The Sena on Saturday demanded that Chief Minister, Ashok Chavan, write to the Centre asking it to recall Governor, K. Sankaranarayanan, for his statement that anybody can come to Mumbai. Sena chief, Bal Thackeray, lashed out at Sankaranarayanan saying Raj Bhavan [the governor’s official residence] had become a home for Congress “pensioners” who have lost touch with people’s sentiments.
“Had Sankaranarayanan been the Governor of Karnataka, would he have dared to say let hordes of migrants come to Bengaluru?” Thackeray asked through an editorial in party mouthpiece, Saamna.
Thackeray is the editor of Saamna and the paper’s editorials are taken as his opinions on an issue.
“Only Mumbai can compete with itself. The rich, middle class and the poor co-exist here,” he said. The Sena said some politicians in Delhi were “conspiring” to separate Mumbai from the rest of Maharashtra. “Mumbai has been turned into a dharamshala [charitable guest house],” Thackeray said.
“The only way to stop the influx of migrants is to start a permit system.”
Sena Member of Parliament and Saamna editor, Sanjay Raut, who was in Vashi, said Sankaranarayanan’s statements proved he was “not a friend of Maharashtra”.
“Someone who is the constitutional head of a State should understand the sentiments of the people of the State and not play with their emotions,” Raut said. “When a governor speaks such language, the government should ask the central government recall him.”
Raut said the Sena will not tolerate a conspiracy to separate Mumbai from the state “being hatched in Raj Bhavan”.
“He has insulted the 105 martyrs who sacrificed their lives for Mumbai.”
The Sena recently criticised Tendulkar and Ambani when they said Mumbai belonged to everyone. But when singer Asha Bhosale made a similar statement in Pune in the presence of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief, Raj Thackeray, neither the MNS nor the Sena reacted.