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“If you take out Gujaratis and Rajasthanis”

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Bhagat Singh Koshyari made the statement after an event at Andheri in Mumbai.

New Delhi:

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has caused controversy for saying that if Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are expelled from Maharashtra, the state will have no more money. During a speech yesterday, the Governor of Maharashtra said: “If Gujaratis and Rajasthanis are expelled from Maharashtra, especially Mumbai and Thane, there will be no money left here.”

“Mumbai could not remain the financial capital of the country,” Mr. Koshyari added.

He made the statement after the naming ceremony of a chowk in Andheri, a western suburb of Mumbai.

A statement released by the Raj Bhavan said Koshyari hailed the contributions of the Rajasthani-Marwari and Gujarati communities in making Mumbai the financial capital of the country.

The Governor said the Rajasthani-Marwari community lives in different parts of the country and also in countries like Nepal and Mauritius.

“Wherever members of this community go, they not only do business, but they also do acts of philanthropy by establishing schools, hospitals,” he said.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said these were the governor’s personal comments and he did not support them.

Several Shiv Sena and Congress leaders criticized Mr. Koshyari and demanded an apology.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut today condemned comments saying the governor had insulted the hard-working Marathi people.

“Shortly after BJP-sponsored Chief Minister came to power, Marathi man is being insulted,” Mr Raut tweeted in Marathi.

Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh and Sachin Sawant also tweeted the video and said the governor should not have made the remarks.