On Saturday, Raj Thackeray, the leader of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), attacked Bhagat Singh Koshyari, the governor of Maharashtra, for saying that if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis were kicked out of the state, Mumbai would no longer be known as the financial centre of India.
Raj Thackeray said in a Marathi text called “do not deceive a Marathi manus” that you shouldn’t talk about Maharashtra’s past if you don’t know anything about it.
The leader of the MNS said, “People respect the position of governor, so they won’t speak out against this. However, your comment has hurt the people of Maharashtra.
Governor Koshyari was asked more questions after he said, “The Marathi population has given the state good job opportunities.” So, you’re saying that people from other states moved here? Will they find another place like this?
“Stop circulating rumours because the elections are quickly approaching. Don’t believe this just because you think we’re good. At the moment, this is all I can say: “Do not be fooled by ‘Marathi manus.'” Raj Thackeray said something.
On Friday, the governor gave a speech in the Mumbai neighbourhood of Andheri, where a chowk has been named after the late Shantidevi Champalalji Kothari. In a video from the event that Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut posted, BS Koshyari said, “I keep telling people that if all the Gujaratis and Rajasthanis were to leave Maharashtra, especially Mumbai and Thane, you would have no money left.”
The governor also praised the Marwari Gujarati community, saying that wherever they go, they build hospitals, schools, and other institutions to help the area grow.
Leaders like Sanjay Raut, Priyanka Chaturvedi, an MP for the Sena party, and Sachin Sawant, a member of Congress, are among those who have criticised what the governor said. Sachin Sawant of the Congress said that the governor of Maharashtra insulted the Marathi people, and Raut asked Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to condemn the governor’s words.