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Amidst Shivaji controversy, Koshyari to make an unscheduled visit to Delhi

Nov 24, 2022 12:27 AM IST

Mumbai Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who is at centre of controversy over his remarks on Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji, is due to make an unscheduled trip to Delhi on Thursday, fueling speculations whether it is connection with the ongoing controversy

Mumbai Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who is at centre of controversy over his remarks on Maratha king Chhatrapati Shivaji, is due to make an unscheduled trip to Delhi on Thursday, fueling speculations whether it is connection with the ongoing controversy.

Mumbai, India - November 4, 2019: Minister of Envirnoment Ramdas Kadam and Member of Parliament (R S) Sanjay Raut called on Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Monday, November 4, 2019. (HT Photos)
Mumbai, India - November 4, 2019: Minister of Envirnoment Ramdas Kadam and Member of Parliament (R S) Sanjay Raut called on Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai, India, on Monday, November 4, 2019. (HT Photos)

Koshyari’s remarks that King Shivaji was an old idol, has landed him in trouble with opposition parties, as well as three descendants of the Maratha king. The two descendants who are currently with the BJP have sought action against the governor. The opposition parties have demanded his repatriation for “the insult to king Shivaji.”

Chief minister Eknath Shinde-led Balasahebanchi Shiv Sena too has conveyed its unhappiness over Koshyari’s remarks to the BJP, who have now distanced itself from his comments.

Koshyari will be leaving for Delhi on November 24 and will return the next day — November 25. There is no confirmation from Raj Bhavan about who he will be meeting during the trip. However, it is being speculated that Koshyari will hold a meeting with the union home minister Amit Shah.

At a convocation ceremony in Aurangabad on Saturday, Koshyari referred to Shivaji as a “hero of the past era” while hailing Dr BR Ambedkar and union minister Nitin Gadkari as “present heroes”.

“When we were in school, teachers would ask us about our favourite leaders and we would name Subhash Chandra Bose, Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru. In Maharashtra, if somebody asks you this question, you need not to go out as Maharashtra is full of such tall leaders. Shivaji has become the hero of the past era. You can find the present heroes right here from Dr BR Ambedkar to Nitin Gadkari.”

The ruling Shinde-led Shiv Sena faction and BJP are facing heat over governor’s remarks on Shivaji. On Tuesday, Mumbai BJP chief Ashish Shelar said that the party completely disagreed with Koshyari’s statement. The remarks were different from deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who on Monday supported Koshyari by saying he was misunderstood. Shelar had to clarify the next day after Sanjay Gaikwad, an MLA from Shinde faction warned the BJP that repeated insults of the Maratha king may lead to split in the alliance.

Chhatrapati Sambhaji, a direct descendant and former Rajya Sabha MP from BJP quota, wrote letters to President Droupadi Murmu and prime minister Narendra Modi requesting them to recall Koshyari as Governor of Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, leader of opposition Ajit Pawar claimed that Koshyari doesn’t want to stay in Maharashtra and has expressed his will before the central government who is not ready to relieve him. He also questioned if this is the reason the governor is making objectionable comments repeatedly.

“The question is why is he making such remarks time and again. I have met him multiple times and often he would say Ajitji I don’t want to stay here anymore. I told him to tell his seniors and leave but he is not getting permission. Is this the reason he is making such remarks so that he is sent out of Maharashtra?,” Pawar told reporters while lashing out at Koshyari over his remarks.

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Former Congress MLA Amar Kale writes a letter from his blood

Amar Kale, a former Congress MLA from Wardha, wrote a letter to President Droupadi Murmu with his blood demanding removal of Koshyari from the position. “The governor has made objectionable comments against Shivaji Maharaj. I have written a letter to the President from my blood and requested her to remove Koshyari as Maharashtra Governor,” Kale said.

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