Maha Guv Issues Clarification After Backlash Over His 'Mumbai Without Gujaratis, Rajasthanis' Remark

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut lashed out at CM Eknath Shinde and questioned his silence on the insult of “Marathi manoos".

By Talibuddin Khan
Updated: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 01:54 PM IST
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Maha Guv Issues Clarification After Backlash Over His 'Mumbai Without Gujaratis, Rajasthanis' Remark
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari addresses during his book release, at the Constitution Club of India, in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday issued a clarification over his remarks where he said that "Mumbai will lose all its money if Rajasthanis and Gujaratis are removed from the financial capital of the country". The remarks didn't go down well with Shiv Sena leaders with MPs Sanjay Raut and Priyanka Chaturvedi demanding his apology and questioning the silence of chief minister Eknath Shinde over the insult of Marathi Manoos (Maratha people) by the BJP-sponsored Governor.

Koshyari's office, clarifying his comments said, "I had no intention of underestimating Marathi people. I spoke only on the contribution made by Gujaratis & Rajasthanis. Marathi people built Maharashtra by working hard, this is why many Marathi entrepreneurs are famous today. Marathi people's contribution is the most in bringing up Maharashtra. Mumbai is the pride of Maharashtra. It is also the financial capital of the country".

The clarification came hours after Koshyari claimed that no money will be left in Mumbai and Thane if the Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are removed from the state. "I tell people here that if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are removed from Maharashtra, especially Mumbai and Thane, you will have no money and Mumbai will not be a financial capital," Koshyari said at an event.

Criticising the comments, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut lashed out at the newly formed Eknath Shinde-led Maharashtra government and questioned his silence on the insult of “Marathi manoos" (Marathi speaking sons of the soil) by the “BJP-sponsored" governor.

Reacting to Koshyari's remarks, Raut tweeted, "BJP-sponsored former chief minister, who is now in Maharashtra, has begun insulting the Marathi manoos and Shivaji. If the group (referring to Shinde camp) that broke away on the pretext of self-respect and Marathi pride remains silent after hearing this, then it shouldn’t claim to be part of Shiv Sena. CM Shinde at least condemn the governor. This is an insult to hard-working Marathi people".

“In short, Maharashtra and Marathi people are beggars is… Even Morarji Desai did not insult 105 Marathi martyrs like this.. Chief Minister Shinde…are you listening? That your Maharashtra is different. If you have a shred of self-respect, first ask for the governor’s resignation.. How much is Delhi leaning forward?” Raut added.

Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi also came down heavily on Koshyari and demanded his apology. "This is an insult to the hard work of the people of Maharashtra and Marathi Manoos who have toiled day in and day out to make the state the leading state of the country. The Governor should apologise immediately, failing which, we will demand to replace him," she tweeted.

Nationalist Congress Party’s (NCP) Supriya Sule said, “Maharashtra governor’s statement is belittling Marathi people. As a Marathi, I condemn his statement. As many as 105 martyrs shed their blood in the struggle of United Maharashtra. Mumbai was established because of the thundering fist of millions of Marathi people."

Congress leader Sachin Sawant also echoed Shiv Sena and NCP leaders and said that during Koshyari’s tenure, the level of the institution of the Governor and the political tradition of Maharashtra deteriorated.

"It is terrible that the governor of a state defames the people of the same state. Gujarati and Rajasthani should be given coconut first. During his reign, the level of the institution of the Governor and the political tradition of Maharashtra has not only deteriorated, but Maharashtra has also been continuously disrespected," Sawant tweeted in Marathi.

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