Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray on Saturday hit Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s speech in which he said that if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are expelled from Maharashtra, the state will be left without money and Mumbai will not be called the financial capital of India. Sharing a message in Marathi, Raj Thackeray gave the caption, “Don’t cheat Marathi manush”. Raj Thackeray said, “If you don’t know anything about the history of Maharashtra, don’t talk about it.”
The MNS supremo said, “The governorship is a highly respected position so people won’t say anything against it, but your statement has hurt the people of Maharashtra.”
He then questioned Governor Koshyari and said, “Good employment opportunities have been created in the state thanks to the Marathi people. That is why people from other states have come here, right? Will they have such an environment elsewhere?
He said, “The elections are near. In such a situation, no one should spread rumours. Don’t presume we are innocent for believing this. Don’t cheat ‘Marathi Manush’. This is what I have to say now.”
The governor made the statement on Friday during an event to appoint a chowk in Andheri, Mumbai after the late Shantidevi Champalalji Kothari. In a video shared by Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, BS Koshyari can be heard saying, “I sometimes tell people that if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are expelled from Maharashtra, especially Mumbai and Thane, you don’t so you’ll have more money.”
The Governor also praised the Marwari Gujarati community and said that wherever they go they contribute to the development of the place by building hospitals, schools and other institutions.
Several leaders, including Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena MK Priyanka Chaturvedi and Congress leader Sachin Sawant condemned the governor’s statement. Raut urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde to condemn the governor’s statements. Sachin Sawant of the Congress said the insult of the Marathi people by the governor of Maharashtra is terrible.