Eknath Shinde camp slams governor, BJP on Shivaji remarks | India News

MUMBAI: Chief minister Eknath Shinde’s Shiv Sena faction on Monday criticized Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and BJP legislator Prasad Lad over their remarks about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. While the CM’s son Shrikant Shinde, who is an MP, said without naming either Koshyari or Lad that those who do not know history should not speak about it, Shinde faction MLA Bharat Gogawale said no insult to Shivaji Maharaj would be tolerated and added that Koshyari was on his way out and their team would give him their best wishes.
“Those who do not know history should not get into this. Even if there is a leader of any party in this, the people of the state will not accept such statements. Everyone should talk about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj with respect,” Shrikant Shinde said.
Last month, Koshyari had said at a function that Chhatrapati Shivaji was an icon of the previous generation while Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar and Union minister Nitin Gadkari were among the new icons. His comment drew criticism from NCP and the Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena.
Gogawale said, “Any worker from any party must speak about Shivaji Maharaj with respect. No insult will be tolerated. We have made this clear, and Shivaji Maharaj doesn’t not belong to anyone, he is a deity for all. The governor is on his way out, he is preparing to go. He will go in a few days and we will give him our best wishes.”
Lad had on Saturday raised a fresh controversy by stating that Shivaji Maharaj was born in the Konkan.
Earlier, Shinde faction MLA Sanjay Gaikwad had said that there was no point in having a governor who did not know the state’s history and demanded that he should be sent away.

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