Politics in Maharashtra is heating up with the ruling coalition parties and the opposition BJP sparing over Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s tour to the state’s Marathwada region.
On Tuesday, the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra cabinet strongly objected to the review meetings with district collectors called by the governor during this visit. The cabinet said this as an attempt to create two power centers in the state.
Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte went to the Raj Bhawan to communicate the state government’s displeasure. Despite the cabinet’s objection, Governor Koshyari has started his three-day tour.
However, the governor has changed his plan partially. He has changed the venue of the meetings at the district collectors’ office and has dropped the word ‘review’ from the meetings.
Attacking the governor for this tour, Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said, “In non-BJP ruled states, the BJP is trying to run the government through governors. We have seen this happen in Delhi and West Bengal.”
The BJP hit back at these allegations and said they reflect one’s ignorance of the Constitution.
“The governor is working in a straightforward manner and due to which some people are having a stomach ache. Those who are opposing the governor’s visit either don’t understand the Constitution or do not have faith in it. Before making such allegations, they should read the Constitution,” former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis said.
Koshyari is on three-day tour of Nanded, Parbhani and Hingoli districts, starting today.
On Thursday, he inaugurated two hostels constructed by the state’s Minorities Department at the University of Nanded.
On Tuesday, Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik said these hostels were constructed by the state government and have not been handed over to the university yet.