It's time to show Maha Guv shoes: Uddhav

Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday demanded an apology from Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari over his remarks on Mumbai, and accused the governor of “polarising Hindus living peacefully” in Mumbai and Thane.

Thackeray also said that the time has come to decide whether he should be sent back home or to jail.

Addressing a press conference at his residence ‘Matoshree‘ here, Thackeray said, “The hatred that the governor harbours in his mind against Marathi people has inadvertently come out.”

“Bhagat Singh Koshyari must have seen beautiful caves, forts of Shivaji and all other good things during his two-and-a-half years. However, now it is also time to show them the Kolhapuri shoe. Because Kolhapuri joda (shoe) is also the glory of Maharashtra. One can interpret this the way one wants. But it’s surely time to show the world famous Kolhapuri joda to Koshyari. How people will use this joda is upto to them,” TOI quoted Thackeray as saying.

Speaking during an event in Mumbai on Friday evening, Koshyari had said there will be no money left in Mumbai and it will cease to be the financial capital of the country if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are not there in the city. As his remarks kicked up a row, the governor on Saturday said his comments were misconstrued and added that he had “no intention of belittling the hard work of Marathi-speaking people.”

Thackeray demanded that the governor tender an apology to Marathi people.

“Time has come to decide whether to send Koshyari back home or to jail…In the last three years, he has insulted Marathi-speaking people despite staying in Maharashtra. Now with these comments, he has brought disrespect to the governor’s post,” Thackeray alleged.

The former Maharashtra chief minister said when he was fighting the Covid-19 pandemic and people were dying, the governor wanted the places or religious worship be reopened.

”Koshyari did not approve the 12 names from the governor’s quota for the Maharashtra Legislative Council. He also made derogatory remarks against social reformer Savitribai Phule,” Thackeray alleged.

(With inputs from PTI)

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