Derogatory remarks made by Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on purpose: Ajit Pawar

Times of India | 4 days ago | 24-11-2022 | 08:57 am

Derogatory remarks made by Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on purpose: Ajit Pawar

MUMBAI: Leader of opposition Ajit Pawar on Wednesday said it appears that governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is deliberately making derogatory statements so that the BJP leadership will shunt him out of Raj Bhavan. “As deputy chief minister, I met Koshyari on many occasions. He used to tell me that it's high time he moves out of Raj Bhavan and he did not want to stay there. Then I had told him to take it up with the BJP leadership. It appears that the BJP high command has ignored his plea, therefore, he is making uncalled-for statements against Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and social reformers, so that the BJP leadership will shunt him out,” the NCP leader said. Koshyari stoked a controversy with his recent statement that “Chhatrapati Shivaji is an icon from the olden times...Babasaheb Ambedkar and Nitin Gadkari are found right here”. Pawar said it was shocking that despite such statements, instead of condemning Koshyari, the BJP leadership is on the defensive and busy tweeting on the controversy. “We feel that BJP leadership should take serious cognizance of such statements and recall him with immediate effect. We are also shocked over the statement of a BJP spokesperson who claimed that Shivaji Maharaj had tendered an apology on five occasions. I am surprised how BJP is tolerating such statements and such leaders,” Pawar said. He reiterated that chief minister Eknath Shinde and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis should warn their cabinet colleagues against making derogatory remarks. Pawar criticized the government’s decision to grant holiday in a few border districts for the Gujarat polls. “Shinde and Fadnavis must reconsider their decision,” Pawar said. He added that the state government should review the actual number of working days and holidays in the state. Out of 365 days in a year, 106 are holidays, he said.

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