Commenting on the current contentious letter written by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray questioning if the latter had turned secular, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday mentioned Koshyari may have chosen his phrases higher.
In an unique interview with Editor-in-chief Rahul Joshi, Shah delved into a spread of matters, together with the BJP’s political relations with its former ally Shiv Sena in Maharashtra.
Koshyari earlier this week wrote to Thackeray reminding him of his devotion for Lord Rama that resulted within the CM’s Ayodhya go to after taking cost of the state, a visit to Vitthal Rukmini Mandir in Pandharpur and puja on Ashadhi Ekadashi Vitthal Rukmini Mandir in Pandharpur and carried out the puja on Ashadhi Ekadashi.
Calling Thackeray a “strong votary of Hindutva”, the governor mentioned he has been questioning if the CM is “receiving any divine premonition to keep postponing the reopening of places of worship time and again’. “Or have you ever turned ‘secular’ yourselves, a time period you hated?” the governor had written in his sarcastic letter.
Asked how the party viewed Koshyari’s remarks, Shah confirmed he has read the letter.
“Passing reference unhone diya hai, magar mujhe bhi lagta hai ki shabdon ka chayan unhone taala hota to achcha rahta (he has made a passing reference, but I also believe that he (Governor) could have avoided the selection of those particular words,” said Shah.
Koshyari’s letter had come in response to Thackeray’s address in which the chief minister said the state government has decided not to open the temples amid the prevailing threat of coronavirus.
Taking robust objection to his phrases, Thackeray had replied to Koshyari a day later, saying he didn’t want classes on Hindutva from anybody.