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MUMBAI: Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari should only see whether Maharashtra is being run as per the Constitution or not and there is a people-elected government in place to look after rest of the things, Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said on Tuesday.

Speaking to reporters here in the wake of Koshyari writing to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on reopening places of worship and the latters response to the same, Raut said the Shiv Senas Hindutva is firm and based on strong foundation and they don’t need lessons on it.

Latching on to Prime Minister Narendra Modis remark that the threat of Covid-19 still persists, Raut said in view of the health concern, it is Thackeray’s responsibility to take care of people’s safety, and the governor should have rather appreciated the chief minister for doing so diligently.

In his letter to the CM, Koshyari mentioned that he has received three representations from delegations demanding that places of religious worship be reopened.

“Have you suddenly turned secular?” Koshyari asked in his letter to the chief minister.

Raut said, “Koshyari is the constitutional head of the state. He has to see whether the state is being run as per the Constitution or not. And there is a people-elected government for the rest of the things. It (the government) takes decisions.”

Referring to reports of Chinese aggression along the LAC in Ladakh, Raut said it is not for the chief ministers of states, but the President, Prime Minister, Defence Minister or Army Chief to speak about what the Army should do in such cases.

Similarly, it is the people-elected government, chief minister and ministerial council in Maharashtra which will decide how to unlock the state and facilitate people considering the prevalent Covid-19 crisis, Raut said.

“So, nobody should have a question in mind about whether one is Hindutvavadi or not. It only needs to be seen whether the government is being run as per the Constitution or not,” the Rajya Sabha member said, without naming Koshyari.

Raut said besides being the chief minister, Thackeray is the president of Shiv Sena and son of late Bal Thackeray, who had “propagated Hindutva in the country”.

“Hence, Uddhav Thackeray or us need not take lessons on Hindutva. Our Hindutvais firm and based on a strong foundation,” he said.

Referring to Prime Minister Modi’s remark that “Covid-19 threat still persists”, Raut said it means that it is the responsibility of the chief minister to take care of health and safety of the people.

“And the governor should have rather appreciated the chief minister for discharging the responsibility diligently. But someone writes to him and Hindutva is questioned,” he said.

To a query on Koshyari asking Thackeray whether the chief minister has turned secular, Raut counter questioned whether Koshyari is not secular.

The Shiv Sena leader said the governor had taken the oath of the post remembering the secular Constitution.

Raut said people like him, “who are friends of the governor”, will visit the latter to clear the illusion if he is receiving wrong information on the issue.

The Shiv Sena leader also said the chief ministers reply to the letter by the governor is a “historic” document.

Thackeray has set an ideal example by giving reply succinctly and humbly, observing limits of the Constitution and Hindutva, to the governor who “interfered in the work of chief minister”.

The Times of India is an Indian English-language daily newspaper owned by The Times Group. It is the third-largest newspaper in India by circulation and largest selling English-language daily in the world. according to Audit Bureau of Circulations.

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MUMBAI: A day after the Maharashtra government issued a notification withdrawing its general consent to the Central Bureau of Investigation, state home minister Anil Deshmukh said the decision was taken as the premier agency “was being used to settle political scores and there was suspicion that just like in the past, the TRP scam case which was being probed by the Mumbai police may be handed over to the CBI”, reports Bhavika Jain.

“CBI is a professional agency, but of late it has been used to settle political scores. A complaint in the TRP case has been registered in UP, and it is rumoured that due to political pressure, there could be an attempt to combine all the cases and to give them to CBI. To prevent misuse of the general consent, we decided to revoke it,” Deshmukh said.

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NEW DELHI: PM Narendra Modi on Thursday praised Union home minister Amit Shah on his birthday, saying he was making important contribution to country’s progress and BJP’s growth.

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JALANDHAR: All Indian embassies and consulates across the world are seeking and collecting details of the Sikh diaspora in their areas, particularly in countries where the presence of Sikh community is substantial. This was revealed when an email from the office of the Consul-General of India in Hamburg, Germany, seeking details of the Sikh diaspora in the country became public.

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