“I may have made some mistake in praising the contribution of certain communities in the development of Mumbai at a public function on July 29. Not only Maharashtra, everyone has a special contribution to the development of the country,” Koshyari said in a statement.
He said that he is certain that the people of Maharashtra will display their large hearts and forgive him for his statements.
“I expect the citizens of this state would forgive a humble servant of this state by abiding with the teachings of several saints. It was an unintentional error from my side,” Koshyari said,
Governor B S Koshyari’s comment at a function that if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis were excluded from Mumbai, there would be no money left in Mumbai and it would cease to be India’s financial capital ignited a political firestorm in Maharashtra.
The governor drew flak from across the political spectrum and was forced to clarify that his remarks had been misconstrued.
Cutting across party lines, leaders of the rival Shiv Sena factions, BJP, Congress, NCP and MNS criticised and expressed their disapproval, with CM Eknath Shinde stating Koshyari ought to have spoken more responsibly, former CM Uddhav Thackeray asking for Koshyari to be shown “Kolhapuri chappals” and deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis noting that no one could undermine the contribution of the Marathi ‘manoos.’