'Unintentional': Maha Guv Koshyari Apologises For ‘Gujarati-Rajasthani’ Remarks

BS Koshyari added that his statement was misconstrued, and asked political parties not to create a controversy.

2 min read

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, facing flak over his "Mumbai will have no money if the Gujaratis and Rajasthanis were to leave” remarks, on Monday, 1 August apologised for the same.

Koshyari made the controversial comments during a function to name a chowk (intersection) in suburban Andheri on Friday evening.

"I tell people here that if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are removed from Maharashtra, especially from Mumbai and Thane, you will be left with no money and Mumbai will not be a financial capital," he had said.

A statement issued by Raj Bhavan on Monday evening quoted Koshyari as saying that he is confident that people of Maharashtra will display their large heart and forgive him for his recent remarks.

'Unintentional Error', Says Koshyari

Koshyari said he may have committed a mistake while speaking about the contribution of some members of society, during his Andheri speech.

“I expect the citizens of this state would forgive a humble servant of this state by abiding with the teachings of several saints. It was an unintentional error from my side,” Koshyari said.

On Saturday, as his comments drew widespread condemnation, Koshyari had said that the statement was misconstrued, and asked political parties not to create a controversy. "There was no question of belittling the contribution of Marathi-speaking people and "lauding one community does not mean insulting another,'' he said.

Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray had demanded an apology from Koshyari. The former chief minister, whose relations with Koshyari were often strained while in office, accused the governor of "dividing" Hindus living in Mumbai and Thane.

"The hatred that the governor harbours in his mind against the Marathi people has inadvertently come out,” Thackeray said.

The Sena president said,

"Time has come to decide whether to send Koshyari back home or to jail...In the last three years, he has insulted Marathi-speaking people despite staying in Maharashtra. Now with these comments, he has brought disrespect to the governor's post."

'We Don’t Agree With Koshyari’s Remarks': Eknath Shinde

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, leader of the rebel Shiv Sena faction, had said he disagreed with Koshyari's remarks.

The CM said, "We don't agree with Koshyari's remarks. It's his personal view. He has now issued a clarification. He occupies a constitutional post and should take care that his actions do not insult others."

"The Marathi community's hard work has contributed to the development and progress of Mumbai....No one can insult Mumbai and Marathi people," he added.

Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis said Marathi-speaking people played a major role in the development and growth of Maharashtra.

"Even in the industrial sector, Marathi-speaking people have made global strides. We don't agree with the governor's remarks," Fadnavis said.

(At The Quint, we are answerable only to our audience. Play an active role in shaping our journalism by becoming a member. Because the truth is worth it.)

Speaking truth to power requires allies like you.
Become a Member
Read More