Mumbai: Following the Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s letter to CM Uddhav Thackeray to reopen the religious places in the state, Shiv Sena slammed the Governor and accused him of acting against the State government.
“Bhagat Singh Koshyari has shown how a person in the post of the governor should not behave. He may be a ‘Sangh Pracharak’ or a leader of the BJP. But today he is the Governor of a progressive state like Maharashtra.”
The Shiv Sena said in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana, “It has been forgotten at its convenience … Sending a letter by Governor Koshyari to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will be called an unreasonable step.”
The Shiv Sena questioned the timing of the Governor’s letter to the Chief Minister and accused him of furthering the BJP’s agenda.
“The BJP started a protest to open temples in the state. The governor was not required to participate in that political movement. As soon as the BJP movement started, the governor wrote a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The letter reached the newspapers during its journey to the Chief Minister,” the party said.
The Shiv Sena clarified its stance of opening bars and restaurants and keeping the temples closed for devotees, saying that the restaurants have opened but only by fully following the rules.
It states that no one enjoys keeping the gods closed; But once a large crowd started coming to the temple, the crowd of corona-infected people would also increase, the country’s health minister, Dr. Harshvardhan has also expressed concern.
Responding to the Governor, Thackeray had said that the reopening of places of worship is being delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic.
Thackeray said, “It was not right to implement a sudden lockdown, it would not be a good thing to completely cancel it all at once. And yes, I am someone who follows Hindutva, my Hindutva does not need verification from you.”