Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) chief Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday described governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari as a “parcel sent via Amazon to Maharashtra”, and demanded his recall over his recent statement on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The former Maharashtra chief minister threatened a protest if Koshyari was not removed.
“This governor is a parcel sent via Amazon to Maharashtra by the central government. In the next two-three days, we will decide the course of action. It could even be a Maharashtra bandh. I appeal all political parties to come together for the same,” said Thackeray.
“We appeal even those in the BJP, who love Maharashtra, to join us,” he added.
Koshyari had said last week during an event in Aurangabad that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj was an icon of “olden days”. His statement had drawn flak from NCP and Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena faction.
Earlier on Thursday, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar criticised the Maharashtra governor over his statement, and said he has “crossed all the limits”.
The former Union minister also said “such people” should not be given crucial posts. Speaking to reporters, Pawar said, “When I heard his comments about Shiv Chhatrapati…now he has crossed all the limits. He did praise Shivaji Maharaj yesterday, but it is a late realisation.” “I think the President and the Prime Minister should take a decision (about Koshyari). Such people should not be given crucial posts,” he said.
The post of governor represents an institution and in order to maintain the dignity of that post, we did not comment against Koshyari earlier, the NCP supremo added. Koshyari is on a two-day Delhi tour starting Thursday.