Days after his meeting with the prime minister and the controversy over lack of clearance of files pertaining to 12 members in the legislative council, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday went to Raj Bhavan to wish governor B S Koshyari on his birthday. Uddhav has thereby opened up a communication channel as there has been a lack of dialogue between the Uddhav-led government and the governor.
Last year, Uddhav had wished the Governor on twitter. Uddhav came down heavily on the governor last year, following the latter’s letter to the chief minister over the reopening of temples in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic. The governor had ridiculed Uddhav’s decision to reopen bars and restaurants in the state, and not temples or places of worship. "I wonder if you're receiving any divine premonition to keep postponing re-opening or you've suddenly turned 'secular' yourselves, the term you hated?" said the governor in his letter.
Uddhav had said he fails to understand the Hindutva ideology of the Governor after the latter invited over a person who equated Mumbai with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
In a veiled reference to Kangana Ranaut, he said that people who called Maharashtra and the Sena-led state administration ‘PoK’ were welcomed, and that does not fit into his definition or understanding of Hindutva. ‘’I don’t need a certificate on Hindutva from you,’’ Uddhav said.
The chief minister was also irked over the governor’s calling meetings with the bureaucrats to review covid management. He had skipped such meetings as at one meeting he had sent his close confidant Milind Narvekar. Thereafter, the CM had stopped using Raj Bhavan helipad.
Few days ago the CM led the delegation, seeking governor’s intervention to recommend the state government’s plea to the President of India on early resolution of Maratha quota issue.