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CPI(M) demands sacking of Maharashtra Governor for mocking secularism

The CPI(M) raised objection to the “intemperate” language used by Koshyari in his letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray saying that the Governor has put the population of the state in jeopardy by demanding the reopening of places of worship.

CPI(M) demands sacking of Maharashtra Governor for mocking secularism
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The Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Maharashtra has demanded that Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari should be sacked for mocking secularism which is one of the fundamental principles of the Indian constitution. 

The CPI(M) raised objection to the “intemperate” language used by Koshyari in his letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray saying that the Governor has put the population of the state in jeopardy by demanding the reopening of places of worship.

“The Maharashtra governor has crossed all the limits of constitutional propriety by mocking Secularism. Given the serious nature of the pandemic in the state, he has put the population of the state in jeopardy by demanding the opening of the places of worship. His uncalled advice is sure to exacerbate the delicately poised health situation in the state,” the party said in a statement. 

The Governor’s mischievous advice and uncultured language have diminished the constitutional position he holds, Maharashtra CPI(M) Secretary Narasayya Adam said. 

On Monday, Koshyari wrote a letter to the Chief Minister questioning the government’s decision to keep the places of worship closed in Maharashtra. The Governor further questioned Thackeray’s commitment to Hindutva and mocked him for turning ‘secular’. 

Later, Thackeray replied saying that looking after the health and welfare of the citizens was his government’s primary duty and opening temples would not be feasible amid the COVID-19 outbreak. He further said that he doesn’t need any lessons or certificate in Hindutva from the Governor.

Claiming that Governor Koshyari has become a menace to the public health in Maharashtra by demanding reopening of temples, the CPI(M) said that he appears to be dabbling in the political scenario in the state as the BJP has also taken to streets to protest against the government. 

“The Governor needs to be relieved of the constitutional responsibility placed on him, which he is unable to carry with grace. We appeal to the President of India to forthwith relieve him of his responsibility, which he is sure to go on demeaning,” the party said.

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