Maharashtra governor forced to dance to BJP’s tunes: Sena

The Shiv Sena, ruling party in Maharashtra, on Saturday accused state Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari of toeing the BJP’s line, and said that if the Narendra Modi government wants the Constitution to be upheld, it should recall him.

Sena said that the Centre cannot use the governor’s shoulders to take aim at the state government while asserting that the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) dispensation is stable and strong.

“Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is back in news again. He has been in politics for the last many years. He was a union minister and also the chief minister of Uttarakhand. However, ever since he became the Maharashtra governor, he has always remained in news or landed in controversy,’ reads the editorial in Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

It went on to say: “Why he is always landing in controversy is a question. Recently, he is in news over the use of a state government’s plane. The governor wanted to go to Dehradun using the state aircraft. But the government denied permission to it. He sat in the aircraft on Thursday morning, but as the plane did not have approval to fly, he had to disembark and take a commercial flight to Dehradun.”

A governor should pursue the agenda of the government of the day and not that of the opposition, Sena added.

The Uddhav Thackeray-led party also criticised the delay in governor’s approval of 12 names recommended by the state cabinet for their nomination to the Legislative Council from his quota.

According to Sena, “the governor of Maharashtra is an honourable person. But it is also his own responsibility to keep the prestige of the position that he occupies. However, he is being forced to dance to the BJP’s tunes.”