In a letter to Thackeray on Monday, the Maharashtra governor had questioned the chief minister’s choice to maintain religious places within the state closed amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Responding sharply to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s letter over the state’s choice to not open religious places in Maharashtra amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray informed the governor that he didn’t need a “certificate” of Hindutva from him after the latter sarcastically requested him if he had turned secular.

In his letter to Thackeray on Monday, Koshyari had questioned the chief minister’s choice to maintain religious places within the state closed and requested him “to announce forthwith” the reopening of places of worship with COVID-19 precautions.

Responding to this letter by Koshyari, Thackeray on Tuesday wrote again to the governor, saying the state authorities will contemplate his request to reopen these places. Thackeray had additionally stated {that a} choice can be taken after cautious consideration of the COVID-19 state of affairs within the state.

“You have been a strong votary of Hindutva,” Koshyari informed Thackeray. “You had publicly espoused your devotion for Lord Rama by visiting Ayodhya after taking charge as the chief minister. You had visited the Vitthal Rukmini Mandir in Pandharpur and performed the puja on Ashadhi Ekadashi,” his letter read. 

A very long time member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), Koshyari, in his letter additionally reminded the chief minister that different cities had reopened such places in June and there had been no stories of a surge in COVID-19 circumstances. The governor in his letter additionally dubbed it “ironical” that bars, eating places, and seashores had been allowed to open, however “our Gods and Goddesses have been condemned to stay in the lockdown”.

The chief minister retorted that his Hindutva didn’t require a certificate from the governor or anybody, and that he would take a choice after cautious consideration.

“You said I am getting divine premonitions? Maybe you get them but I am not so big,” Thackeray wrote again to Koshyari in Marathi.

The chief minister additionally informed Koshyari that he didn’t need any validation from him. “Sir, you mention Hindutva in your letter, but I do not need any certificate or any teaching on Hindutva from you,” Thackeray stated.

In his letter, Koshyari had talked about that he has acquired three representations from delegations demanding that places of religious worship be reopened. In response, Thackeray identified that it was a “coincidence” that each one the three letters Koshyari talked about had been from Opposition BJP workplace-bearers and supporters.

File picture of Maharashtra governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. Twitter

In the letter, Koshyari had requested Thackeray if he had turned secular. Thackeray responded in Marathi Tuesday, saying, “Why ought to you’ve gotten this query? Are you saying that merely opening religious places stands for Hindutva and holding them shut is secular? So, are you not accepting that secularism is a vital tenet of the Constitution by which you had been sworn in as governor?”

“While considering the sentiments and beliefs of the people, it is also important to take care of their lives and it is wrong to impose and lift lockdown suddenly,” Thackeray stated within the letter.

Thackeray additionally taunted the governor for his assembly with actor Kangana Ranaut final month. “My Hindutva does not permit me to welcome home a person who called my Maharashtra or Mumbai Pakistan occupied Kashmir,” he stated.

The actor had turn into entangled in a spat lately with the Maharashtra authorities after she stated that Mumbai felt like Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to her and that she feared dwelling within the metropolis. She had additionally criticised the Mumbai Police for its dealing with of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s demise.

We do not need classes on Hindutva, says Sanjay Raut

Reacting to Koshyari’s letter to Thackeray, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut on Tuesday stated that the governor ought to solely see whether or not Maharashtra is being run as per the Constitution or not, and that there’s a folks-elected authorities in place to take care of the remainder of the issues.

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai within the wake of Koshyari’s letter to the chief minister, Raut stated the Shiv Sena’s Hindutva is agency and primarily based on a robust basis and so they do not need classes on it.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comment that the specter of COVID-19 nonetheless persists, Raut stated in view of the well being concern, it’s Thackeray’s duty to handle folks’s security, and the governor ought to have quite appreciated the chief minister for doing so diligently.

Referring to stories of Chinese aggression alongside the LAC in Ladakh, Raut stated it’s not for the chief ministers of states, however the President, Prime Minister, Defence Minister, or Army Chief to discuss what the Army ought to do in such circumstances.

Similarly, it’s the folks-elected authorities, chief minister, and ministerial council in Maharashtra which can resolve how to unlock the state and facilitate folks contemplating the prevalent COVID-19 disaster, Raut stated.

“So, nobody should have a question in mind about whether one is Hindutvavadi or not. It only needs to be seen whether the government is being run as per the Constitution or not,” the Rajya Sabha member stated, with out naming Koshyari.

Dont need your certificate for my Hindutva Uddhav Thackeray responds to Governor BS Koshyari over reopening religious places

File picture of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. PTI

Raut additionally stated that apart from being the chief minister, Thackeray is the president of Shiv Sena and son of late Bal Thackeray, who had “propagated Hindutva in the country”.

“Hence, Uddhav Thackeray or us need not take lessons on Hindutva. Our Hindutva is firm and based on a strong foundation,” he stated.

To a question on Koshyari asking Thackeray whether or not the chief minister has turned secular, Raut counter questioned whether or not Koshyari isn’t secular.

The Shiv Sena chief stated the governor had taken the oath of the submit remembering the secular Constitution.

Raut stated folks like him, “who are friends of the governor”, will go to the latter to clear the phantasm if he’s receiving incorrect data on the problem.

The Shiv Sena chief additionally stated the chief minister’s reply to the letter by the governor is a “historic” doc.

Thackeray has set an excellent instance by giving reply succinctly and humbly, observing limits of the Constitution and Hindutva, to the governor who “interfered in the work of a chief minister”.

With inputs from PTI

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