The confrontation between Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari escalated on Tuesday with each side exchanging curt letters over reopening of spiritual locations within the state.
In the letter to the Chief Minister, Koshyari had on Monday requested, “I ponder in case you are receiving any divine premonition to maintain suspending the reopening of the locations of worship repeatedly or have you ever immediately turned ‘secular ‘ yourselves, the term you hated?” Koshyari, an RSS veteran, had previously served as the BJP’s vice president and first president of the party’s unit in Uttarakhand, where he also served as CM.
Responding to Koshyari’s letter, CM Uddhav Thackeray stated he doesn’t need a ‘certificate’ on Hindutva from the Governor. “Do you mean that opening up religious places is Hindutva, and not opening them means being secular? Secularism is a crucial base of the oath you took as Governor. Do you not believe it?” he wrote.
Maharashtra Governor wrote to CM Uddhav Thackeray, searching for re-opening of locations of worship with COVID precautions
“I wonder if you’re receiving any divine premonition to keep postponing re-opening or you’ve suddenly turned ‘secular’ yourselves, the term you hated?” letter states pic.twitter.com/BedTgTSP2d
— ANI (@ANI) October 13, 2020
Uddhav additionally stated that the federal government is actively occupied with calls for to open up temples and different spiritual locations, however its major responsibility is the protection of individuals in the course of the pandemic. The Maharashtra chief minister additionally launched a veiled assault on the governor over his assembly with actor Kangana Ranaut in September.
“Sir, you mention Hindutva in your letter, but I do not need any certificate or any teaching on Hindutva from you. My Hindutva does not permit me to welcome home a person who called my Maharashtra or Mumbai Pakistan occupied Kashmir,” he stated.
According to Koshyari, a number of delegations of spiritual leaders, people, NGOs and political leaders had met him to demand reopening of locations of spiritual worship.
Meanwhile, scores of BJP employees on Tuesday protest exterior the Siddhivinayak temple in Mumbai to press for the demand to reopen spiritual locations. According to information company ANI, the occasion is holding comparable protests throughout the state.