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Sharad Pawar Condemns Governor’s Language, Writes Letter to PM Modi

NCP chief Sharad Pawar wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, expressing "shock" at the "intemperate language" used by Maharashtra governor B S Koshyari in his letter to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Sharad Pawar condemns Maharashtra Governor for his language while addressing Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

“Unfortunately Hon. Governor’s letter to the Chief Minister invokes the connotation as if written to the leader of a political party,” Pawar tweeted, after releasing the letter to Modi.

“In the very Preamble of our Constitution the word Secular is added that equates and shields all religions. Hence the Chair of the Chief Minister must uphold such tenets of the Constitution,” the NCP chief added. 

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Pawar said he has conveyed his views to Modi regarding the letter by Koshyari.

“I am sure he too would have noticed the intemperate language that has been used and also the kind of language used in the letter which does not behove well for a person who holds a constitutional position,” Pawar said.

What led Sharad Pawar to Intervene

The context of the issue is that a letter war broke out between Maharashtra governor and chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. The former questioned the state government over not reopening places of worship.

In a scathing letter to Uddhav, Koshyari sought to know the reason behind delay in reopening places of worship. He asked whether the chief minister has suddenly turned “secular.”

“You have been a strong votary of Hindutwa, you had publicly espoused your devotion for lord Rama by visiting Ayodhya after taking charge as CM, you had visited the Vitthal Rukmini Mandir, Pandharpur and performed the puja on Ashadhi Ekadishi,” Koshyari said, requesting Uddhav to reopen the places of worship. 

Thackeray shot back in equally strong words. 

The chief minister said that he does not require a certificate for his concept of Hinduvta from Koshyari and there is no need for him to learn it from anyone. 

“My definition of Hindutva is very clear, neither my state nor the state capital will give a rousing welcome to a person, who called Mumbai POK. It does not fit in my Hindutva,”

Thackeray was referring to a meeting between actor Kangana Ranaut and Koshyari last month.

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