In a direct confrontation with the union government, the ruling Shiv Sena on Saturday demanded that the Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari should recall immediately. The Sena accused state Governor Koshyari of toeing the BJP’s line and said that if the Centre wants the Constitution to be upheld, the Narendra Modi government should recall him.
The confrontation between the Governor and the MVA government began with several issues, particularly the pending of nomination of 12 MLCs, recommended by the state government, in November last year. The relations between the Governor and the state government took an ugly turn when the Uddhav Thackeray government didn’t permit to Governor to fly to Deharadun by the state plane.
Koshyari wanted to go to Dehradun using the state aircraft. But the government denied permission to it. He sat in the aircraft on Thursday morning, but as the plane did not have an approval to fly, he had to disembark and take a commercial flight to Dehradun.
Justifying not giving him the state plane to fly to Dehradun, the Sena insisted that it was a private tour of the governor and as per the law, not only the governor but even the chief minister cannot use a state plane for such purposes. The CMO has acted in accordance with law, the Sena defended.
While demanding to recall the Governor, the Sena on Saturday also asserted that the MVA dispensation is stable and strong, and added that the Centre cannot use the governor’s shoulders to take aim at the state government. “Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is back in news again. He has been in politics for the last many years. He was a Union minister and also the chief minister of Uttarakhand. However, ever since he became the Maharashtra governor, he has always remained in news or landed in controversy,” the Sena said.
The state would witness such accusations and counter-accusations in coming days, like West Bengal where the chief minister Mamata Banerjee is accusing the Governor every day on trivial issues and demanding to recall him. This will certainly affect the development of the progressive state. The Uddhav Thackeray government should refrain itself from such activities. At least other coalition partners, like NCP and Congress, should come forward and ensure that there should be a cordial relation between the Governor and the state government for the smooth functioning of the state.