In November 2019, along with Maharashtra whole of India witnessed the political saga going on in the state. As in the 2019 Assembly Polls, no single party got a clear majority to form the government. Well, that opened the doors for some new alliances in the state. To form a government one needs the consent of the governor of the state that is Bhagat Singh Koshiyari.
It has been almost two years since the Maha Vikas Aghadi government is governing the state but their relation with governor Koshiyari does not seem to be on the good terms. The ruling government feels that the governor is biased and favoring the now opposition party BJP.
The first incident that showed the healthy and goody relation with BJP and governor is when the former chief minister Devendra Fadanavis formed the government early in the morning with NCP chief’s nephew Ajit Pawar. It was a shocking and drastic turn in the politics of Maharashtra. Later, the government couldn’t survive and in few days Shivesena Chief Uddhav Thackeray was sworn in as the CM.
Ever since then the tussle between the government and governor commenced and has continued to date. The differences between the two are infusing over other issues like the extension of the statutory development boards, formed for the mitigation of development accumulation in Vidharbha, Marathwada, and other underdeveloped regions of the state.
In April 2020, the not-so-good relation was again observed when the governor denied accepting the state cabinet’s proposal to designate Uddhav Thackeray to the legislative council. As he had to get elected constitutionally to continue his position as the CM.
The relation between the two also became controversial when in October 2020 governor Koshiyari had written a letter to the Chief Minister regarding the reopening of places of worship. This created a debatable buzz in the political circles. It created distress among the ruling MVA government as the governor amidst the pandemic situation cropped up this topic.
On January 25, 2021, Bhagat Koshiyari did not meet the agitating farmers against three farm laws who carried out protests on Azad Maidan in Mumbai. This event spread disappointment amongst people. As many said that the governor has time to meet actress Kangana Ranaut but does not have time to meet protesting farmers.
Many leaders raised concern over rising differences between the governor and the government. Also on the other hand BJP frequently visits Raj Bhavan. They seek the governor’s intervention to resolve issues and at times create pressure on the MVA government. NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had expressed his opinion in which he condemned, “interference of the governor in administrative activities.”
The two sides will again be witnessed in a clash as the governor has to appoint 12 members for Maharashtra’s legislative council. The cabinet ministers have already submitted the 12 names for the nomination but yet the governor has not appointed them.
Thus the cold war between the governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and the Maha Vikas Aghadi government continues. From the timeline of the events the there is no sign that this cold war will end anytime soon. The governor of the state should be impartial and shall take decisions that are in the interest of the people of the state. The covid situation has worsened lives of the people in this scenario both Raj Bhavan and Mantralay should work together for the betterment of the people.