Sharad Pawar, the President of the Nationalist Congress Party
, led a vicious attack on Mr. BS Koshyari, the governor of Maharashtra, on Thursday in response to his contentious statement that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has turned into an outdated idol. Koshyari, according to Pawar, has exceeded all bounds, and the Prime Minister and Indian President should decide what to do about him. On the day that he was called to Delhi, Mr. Koshyari was the target of a scathing attack from Mr. Pawar.
"The current Governor has exceeded all bounds," because that position is guaranteed by the Constitution. An individual holding the office of the governor must speak responsibly. To uphold the dignity of that position, we refrained from criticising the current Governor when he repeatedly made such statements, according to Mr. Pawar. The Indian President and Prime Minister ought to pay attention to his remarks and decide how to feel about him. A position like governor should not be given to someone with such responsibilities. Although the Governor yesterday showered praise on the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj following much controversy, it is already too late," he continued.
The governor made his remarks during a ceremony last Saturday at the Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University to present Mr. Pawar and Mr. Nitin Gadkari with D Litt degrees. When asked why the Governor was not interrupted during the event, Mr. Pawar responded, "The Governor spoke after the D Litt was granted."
Mr. Pawar criticised Mr. Basavraj Bommai, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, for claiming ownership of villages in the Jat taluka of the Sangli district as well as places like Akkalkot and Solapur. The question of what to give them can be discussed if the Karnataka CM decides to give up its claim to Belgavi, Nippani, and Karwar. They ought to return the villages to Maharashtra. Maharashtra, they do not want to give them. To claim villages from Maharashtra on behalf of Karnataka is meaningless," the man stated. The BJP
, he continued, cannot escape its obligation to resolve the Maharashtra-Karnataka boundary dispute.
Mr. Pawar criticised the Shinde Fadnavis administration for providing paid leave on December 1 and December 5 to allow eligible voters from border districts on the voter list to participate in the Gujarat elections. "Voters from the border districts of the state were never permitted to vote in neighbouring states during the previous 50 years." This election may make the BJP more anxious if a holiday is declared in the border districts of the state for the Gujarat elections, he suggested.
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