FPJ Rewind 2022: 6 statements of Maharashtra politicians that created controversy this year

Multiple politicians from Maharashtra made statements or passed remarks that didn't really go down with anyone.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Saturday, December 31, 2022, 07:33 PM IST
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FPJ Rewind 2022: 6 statements of Maharashtra politicians that created controversy |

Maharashtra in the year 2022 has seen a massive political drama and in midst of all this political drama, multiple politicians made statements or passed remarks that didn't really go down with anyone. Well, without the political drama also the politicians made a few comments that did stir up some controversy. Here we are listing down a few of them.

Koshyari's comment about Shivaji

Governor of Maharashtra, Koshyari made a remark by calling Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj an ‘icon of olden times’, and said there were icons such as Mr. Ambedkar and Mr. Nitin Gadkari in modern times.

“He should not have said such things about Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Whenever I visited him at Raj Bhavan, he always told me that he wanted to leave Maharashtra. When a government official is posted in some position against his or her will, they create some controversy which forces the government to issue transfer orders. I can’t say if he (Mr. Koshyari) is trying to do the same thing here,” the Leader of the Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, said.

Koshyari's comment on Mumbai

While addressing a gathering in Mumbai’s Andheri, Koshyari said, “… if Gujarati and Rajasthani people are removed from Maharashtra, especially Mumbai and Thane, there would be no money left here. You call Mumbai the financial capital, but if these (Gujarati and Rajasthani) people are not here, then it won’t be called financial capital.”

This created a massive uproar in the financial capital of India, eventually leading to Koshyari apologizing for his comments.

Supriya Sule's discussion in parliament on saree

NCP leader, Supriya Sule faced flak from political leaders as well as on social media after she told a group of female students in Maharashtra’s Nashik district that she discusses matters like sarees with fellow legislators if discussions in the House get repetitive.

“When I go to Parliament, I hear the first speech, the second speech and the third speech. Till the fourth speech, the one who is speaking is saying the same things the earlier speakers have said,” she said at an event organised by the Nashik-based Fravashi International Academy.

“If you ask me what was said, after the fourth speech, I am unable to do so. We speak to some other MP… We discuss things like: from where did you buy your saree and from where did I get mine.”

Supriya Sule asking women to wear saree

NCP leader Supriya Sule has stoked a new controversy as a clip from her speech at a journalists' conference held in pimpri-Chinchwad went viral.

In the shorter clip that has been widely circulated by many including BJP state women's wing chief Chitra Wagh, Sule can be heard raising questions as to why women journalists working in the Marathi media don't wear sarees to work.

Sule can be heard questioning, "When you speak Marathi language, why don't you dress accordingly? During festivals like Diwali you dress up, talk of Aatmanirbhar Bharat; why don't you promote Aatmanirbhar Maharashtra then? Why do the women wear suits, shirts and trousers and not sarees?"

Abdul Sattar's remark against Supriya Sule

After agriculture minister Abdul Sattar used derogatory remarks against her, the NCP MP Supriya Sule, who is the daughter of former union minister Sharad Pawar, on Tuesday broke her silence saying that whatever happened was disgusting but the reaction to it was an example of the civilised face of Maharashtra. Both ruling and opposition parties have strongly objected to Sattar’s derogatory remarks and after much uproar, the minister expressed his regrets while the Shinde camp tendered an apology.

‘’It is no wonder that the derogatory statement made by a ruling party person regarding me has evoked reactions from every corner of Maharashtra. Although this kind of stance is not supported, not everyone is aware of it. I think if someone is going the wrong way and there is a reaction from all over Maharashtra, we don't need to pay more attention to it by recording it,’’ said  Sule.

‘’What happened was disgusting but the reaction to it was an example of the civilized face of Maharashtra,’’ noted Sule.

Sambhaji Bhide's bindi remark

The Maharashtra State Women’s Commission on Wednesday served a notice to the right wing leader Sambhaji Bhide demanding explanation over his comment on a women journalist.

Bhide, who met the Chief Minister Eknath Shinde at Mantralaya, stoked controversy after he told a new channel’s female journalist to apply ‘’bindi’’ on her forehead before coming to take his byte for the channel and refused to speak to her.

Sanjay Raut stroking controversy

Hinting at the much alleged political alliance among regional parties, he added, “The national political discourse after 2024 will terminate such C*utiyas and such people will not live in this country afterwards. The politics after 2024 will become cleaner, more transparent and essentially more democratic. You will get to know about this on March 10,”

He asserted that some people from the BJP are insulting the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray when a Chief Minister from another state is visiting. This is an insult to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra and also the insult of the 11.5 crore Marathi people. “For the language they (Somaiya) have used, I call them C*utiya and I repeat that. It is shameful that the Central Government is giving security to such people residing in Maharashtra,”

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