Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray greets Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari throughout a assembly on the Raj Bhavan in Mumbai on May 1, 2020. (PTI Photo)
Taking sturdy objection to his phrases, Thackeray replied to Koshyari a day later, saying that he would not want classes on Hindutva from anybody. He additionally slammed Koshyari for entertaining actor Kangana Ranaut.
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A ‘letter battle’ ensued between Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray and governor BS Koshyari on Tuesday over reopening of spiritual locations in the course of the ‘unlocking’ course of amid coronavirus. As Koshyari questioned the CM’s “sudden secularism”, Thackeray was fast to hit again with “don’t need Hindutva lessons from anyone” message.
The Maharashtra governor had on Monday written to Thackeray reminding him of his devotion for Lord Rama that resulted in CM’s Ayodhya go to after taking cost of the state, the journey 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 that he’s 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 wrote in his sarcastic letter.
Taking strong objection to his words, Thackeray replied to Koshyari a day later, saying that he doesn’t need lessons on Hindutva from anyone. He also slammed the governor for entertaining actor Kangana Ranaut.
The chief minister further informed Koshyari that a decision on reopening places of religious worship will be taken after careful consideration of the Covid-19 situation in the state. He added that the state government will consider the governor’s request to reopen these places.
In his letter, Koshyari had mentioned that he has received three representations from delegations demanding that places of religious worship be reopened. In response, Thackeray pointed out that it was a coincidence that all the three letters Koshyari mentioned were from BJP office-bearers and supporters.
Responding to the question on ‘secularism’, Thackeray wondered if to Koshyari Hindutva meant merely reopening places of religious worship and if not opening them was to him being secular.
“Isn’t secularism a key element of the Constitution, by which you swore whereas taking oath because the state governor,” Thackeray said. “While contemplating the feelings and beliefs of the folks, additionally it is essential to take care of their lives and it’s unsuitable to impose and raise lockdown out of the blue,” he mentioned in the letter.
An RSS veteran, Koshyari has been BJP’s vp and first president of that celebration’s unit in Uttarakhand, the place he additionally served as chief minister.