Maha Guv Bhagat Singh Koshyari barred from boarding state govt aircraft
(PTI Photo)

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Thursday was denied permission to take the state government aircraft to visit Dehradun, reported news agency ANI.

According to ANI, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari was scheduled to visit Dehradun today by a state government aircraft. However, when he reached the Mumbai Airport, he was reportedly informed that there was no permission for him to take the flight. The reasons why he was denied permission are unknown.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari is scheduled to address an official ceremony at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie on Friday, according to Governor’s Office. And, in this connection the Governor was scheduled to depart from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSIMA) for Dehradun at 10 am today.

The Governor’s Office also claimed that Governor’s Secretariat had written to the concerned authorities of Government of Maharashtra seeking permission for the use of the government aircraft. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was also informed.

But, however, after reaching at the airport Governor was informed that the permission was denied for the flight and he later took a commercial flight, which left for Dehradun around 12.15 pm.

This comes amid ongoing face-off between Uddhav Thackeray-led MVA government and Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on several issues including appointments of 12 persons as Members of the Legislative Council (MLC) through the governor’s quota.

On Wednesday, state Congress chief Nana Patole had said that the MVA government has decided to move the court over the 'delay' by the governor in the appointment of nominated members to the Legislative Council.

The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition government had recommended 12 names for appointment to the Council to governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari in the first week of November.

"This is a murder of democracy. The cabinet, in exercise of its rights, sent the names to the governor. How long will the governor delay it?" Patole said during a press conference in Nagpur.

Claiming that the governor seems to be under pressure from the central leadership of the BJP, Patole said, "We (the MVA government) have now decided to approach the court on this issue."

Earlier, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut and deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had openly expressed dismay over Koshyari not taking decision on the recommended nominee's list.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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