Sharad Pawar Targets Maha Governor Over His Letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray

Sharad Pawar Targets Maha Governor Over His Letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray

Last week, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari created quite a stir with this letter CM Uddhav Thackeray questioning the government’s decision to keep the places of worship closed in Maharashtra. The Governor further questioned the Chief Minister’s commitment to Hindutva and mocked him for turning ‘secular’. 

Shiv Sena has been quite vocal about the same and even demanded that Koshyari should be removed from the office at Raj Bhavan. Even when NCP Supremo Sharad Pawar was asked about the recent 'letter-war' that erupted between Koshyari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Pawar said: "Anyone with self-respect will not continue in the post. Who are we to make any demands (for his removal)."

Pawar was talking to reporters in Osmanabad district. 

Furthermore, Pawar also pointed out that even Union Home Minister Amit Shah had taken umbrage at Koshyari's letter to the CM by making it clear that the use of certain words could have been avoided by the Governor.

Pawar's statement came a day after Shiv Sena chief spokesperson and MP Sanjay Raut lauded Shah's comments and even signalled an end to the controversy.

Earlier, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar on October 13 wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed displeasure over the language used by Koshyari. 

Conveying his views regarding the same, Pawar said that even the PM would have noticed the intemperate language that has been used. The word ‘Secular’ is added that equates and shields all religions and hence the Chair of the Chief Minister must uphold such tenets of the Constitution, he asserted. 

For those unaware of the controversy, Koshyari had written a letter to Thackeray on October 12 on the issue of reopening of places of worship in the state, questioning Thackeray's "Hindutva credentials" and whether the CM had suddenly become "secular".

Thackeray hit back by saying that he did not need a 'Hindutva' certificate from anybody, and asserted that his foremost duty was to ensure the well-being of the people in the state. The letter war was strongly criticised by the MVA partners Sena-NCP-Congress, prompting Shah's intervention and attempt to defuse the fracas with his comments in a television interview on Saturday.