Updated: Sat, 30 Jul 2022 01:54 PM IST
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".
"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", says Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's office clarifying his position regarding his speech in Andheri, Mumbai— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2022
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.
#WATCH | If Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are removed from Maharashtra, especially Mumbai and Thane, no money would be left here. Mumbai would not be able to remain the financial capital of the country: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari pic.twitter.com/l3SlOFMc0v— ANI (@ANI) July 30, 2022
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".
आता तरी..— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) July 30, 2022
ऊठ मराठ्या ऊठ..
शिवसेना फोडून बुळबुळीत सरकार का आणले याचा खुलासा भाजपा राज्यपालांनी केला आहे..
बुळबुळीत गटाचे लोक उठणार नाहीत..
मराठ्या तुलाच उठावे लागेल.. pic.twitter.com/QYX4weHdQ2
“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.
राज्यपाल महोदयांच्या बेताल विधानाचा समाचार घेण्यासाठी— Sanjay Raut (@rautsanjay61) July 30, 2022
शिवसेना पक्षप्रमुख उद्धव ठाकरे यांची पत्रकार परिषद:
आज. मातोश्री.१ वाजता. pic.twitter.com/kEDEg0reO4
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.
भारताची आर्थिक राजधानी असलेलं मुंबई शहर संपूर्ण जगाच्या नकाशावर आपली एक वेगळी ओळख निर्माण करून आहे.— Office Priyanka Chaturvedi🇮🇳 (@Priyanka_Office) July 30, 2022
अतिशय प्रभावशाली इतिहास, हुतात्म्यांचे पावित्र्य, कष्टकर्यांच्या या शहराबद्दल राज्याच्या राज्यपाल महोदयांनी केलेले विधान हे अतिशय अवमानकारक व निंदनीय आहे. @priyankac19 https://t.co/tHPGrwUyOL
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."
महाराष्ट्राचे राज्यपाल मा. भगतसिंह कोश्यारी यांचे विधान मराठी माणसांना कमी लेखणारे असे आहे. त्यांच्या विधानाचा मराठी माणूस म्हणून मी निषेध करते.याच मुंबईसाठी संयुक्त महाराष्ट्राच्या लढ्यात १०५ हुतात्म्यांनी रक्त सांडले. लाखो मराठी माणसांच्या वज्रमुठीमुळे हे शहर उभा राहिले आहे. pic.twitter.com/0fzigFkhKe— Supriya Sule (@supriya_sule) July 30, 2022
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.
राज्याचा राज्यपाल त्याच राज्याच्या जनतेची बदनामी करतो हे भयंकर आहे. गुजराती राजस्थानी हा विषय राहू द्या यांनाच सर्वात आधी नारळ दिला पाहिजे. यांच्या कारकिर्दीत राज्यपाल या संस्थेचा व महाराष्ट्राच्या राजकीय परंपरेचा स्तर तर खालावला आहेच, पण महाराष्ट्राचा अवमानही सातत्याने झाला आहे. pic.twitter.com/jfM1pQ4p0w— Sachin Sawant सचिन सावंत (@sachin_inc) July 29, 2022
"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.