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The Governor of the state has every right to make the ruling government accountable

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Since the Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance came to power in Maharashtra there are constant attacks on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari. But the fact is that Governor is the custodian of state and he has every right to question the sitting Government if there is a complaint from the public or if there is any discourse. This is not wrong if the governor makes the ruling party and its CM accountable within the constitutional rights.

Bhagat Singh Koshyari is a polished politician who knows what he has to do, when, and what he has to speak. Earlier the chair of the governor was similar to the den of the toothless old tiger who thrives on the hunt done by others. But this time the image is different. A present governor is a man of masses and he hears people, he takes his own decisions and above all, he is vocal for the rights of the people. We all know he is blunt and honest but not sugar-coated and fake. Why there should be constant blame games?

We all know the appointment of governors and other constitutional heads is based on political affiliations. It is applied to all political parties who are in power. So there is no sensation if the BJP government appoints B S Koshyari as Maharashtra governor. In the past also the political parties in power appointed Governors and Presidents. People irrespective of their political affiliations respected these posts.

But the governor in recent times especially now is the best of all of them. He is visible, he is vocal, he is sneering when needed. They lock horns with purpose and they complain loudly because they are worthy of a public presence.

B S Koshyari need not score any brownie points for himself because he is the veteran leader of the party and known for all his achievements. Rather Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders and its CM should be much more mindful while making deceitful comments or questioning the integrity of the Governor.

CM Uddahv Thackeray is no pushover, besides there’s another person in the coalition who beats the government at the game of wiliness hollow and that man is Sharad Pawar. Never underestimate how Pawar can play the power game better.

Remember how Pawar dashed off a very public letter to the Prime Minister expressing his dismay at a distinguished head of state making a letter between himself and the CM public & his anguish at the crude wordings not befitting a person holding such a lofty post. He freely quoted the bits in the Governor’s letter where he loosely bandied about the word “secularism” and how CM Uddhav Thackeray now embraced that in favour of his Hindutva plank.

The tussle between Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi government is fueled by power plays. Uddhav knows he is nothing without alliance parties and Koshiyari knows the weaknesses of the ruling government. One is running out of accountability and another one is restlessly reminding them f their duties.

Governor Koshyari has sent a letter to the chief minister in the wake of the Saki Naka rape-murder incident, suggesting the Maha Vikas Aghadi government convene a two-day special session of the Maharashtra Legislature to discuss the issue of safety of women. Well, there is a rise in crime against women in the state. Women’s safety is the biggest concern and this concern is appropriate.

Soon after the letter, Thackeray in his reply listed crimes against women not only in New Delhi, where law and order “is a subject under the Central government” but in other BJP-ruled states such as Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and

Gujarat and urged the governor to write to PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah to call for a four-day session of Parliament to discuss the crimes. CM needs to understand two wrongs cannot make one right.

Well! Governor Koshyari is a senior politician and he knows his craft. He knows how to deal with state issues and political spats. The need of the hour is the welfare of the state and its people. Maha Vikas Aghadi needs to deliver their duties and take people into confidence without getting into undue attacks. Governor Koshyari, is here for some time, even this government is not permanent. Wasting time in accusations and attacks would not solve any purpose.

In the recent past some random RTI activists questioned the powers of Govern to appoint his staff, some politicians call him biased, but the fact is that he belongs to the people. He is the only governor of Maharashtra who kept the governor’s house open for maximum visitors. He interacts with people without any prejudices.

Governor’s people are definitely very elite persons around him who bridge the gap and they are equally people’s friendly and companionate. CM should take note of all the concerns raised by the Governor instead of making a counterattack.

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Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman
Vaidehi Taman an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with three Honourary Doctorate in Journalism. Vaidehi has been an active journalist for the past 21 years, and is also the founding editor of an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, and The Democracy digital video news portal is her brain child. Vaidehi has three books in her name, "Sikhism vs Sickism", "Life Beyond Complications" and "Vedanti". She is an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, OSCP offensive securities, Certified Security Analyst and Licensed Penetration Tester that caters to her freelance jobs.
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