Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari (Right) and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday took a jibe at Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s letter on reopening religious places in the state amid pandemic. Thackeray responded that he did not need a “certificate” of Hindutva from him after the latter sarcastically asked him if he had turned secular.
Have you turned secular?, asks Governor
The governor told Thackeray that it was ironic to allow bars and restaurants to open while Gods and Goddesses have been condemned to stay in the lockdown.
"I wonder if you are receiving any divine premonition to keep postponing the reopening of places of worship time and again or have you turned ‘secular’ yourselves, a term you hated?”, asked the governor stating that the places of worship were reopened in Delhi on June 8 and across the nation towards the end of June.
No need of a 'Hindutva' certificate
Thackeray’s reply was equally terse. “Do you mean that opening up religious places is Hindutva, and not opening them means being secular?
The chief minister told Koshyari that he did not need any validation in the form of a certificate or any teaching on Hindutva. The chief minister stated he had doubts about whether the Governor possessed secular values.
Taking a scornful jibe at the Governor's meeting with the actress Kangana Ranaut, the Chief Minister said he wasn't wary of someone who would welcome someone who called his state Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
However, the government assured that the issue would be addressed very soon taking all necessary precautions. Maharashtra is the state with the maximum coronavirus in India. The state’s tally rose to 15,35,315 on Monday and its toll went up to 40,514.