Governor of Maharashtra at Eknath Shinde, Devendra Fadnavis swearing-in ceremony

Mumbai:

With photos of Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari giving sweets to new Chief Minister Eknath Shinde going viral, NCP chief Sharad Pawar digged on Saturday saying he had seen ‘qualitative changes’ in the handling of public representatives by the governor.

Mr. Pawar was talking to reporters in Pune.

“I saw the swearing-in ceremony of Eknath Shinde and Devendra Fadnavis on TV. He (the Governor) fed them ‘pedha’ (sweet) and welcomed them with a bouquet. It seems he there are qualitative changes in him,” the NCP leader said.

Recalling the swearing-in ceremony of Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders after the 2019 elections, Mr. Pawar said, “I was present there. Koshyari had objected to some would-be ministers being sworn in by mentioning the names of certain icons or public figures. me at that time and asked them to take the oath only according to the format”.

However, when Eknath Shinde was sworn in on Thursday, he mentioned the names of the late Balasaheb Thackeray and the late Anand Dighe, “but Koshyari did not object this time”, Mr Pawar said.

The veteran leader also reacted strongly on the role of the governor and the relationship between his office and the state government.

“The decision of the Council of State Ministers is still binding on the Governor. The MVA government had recommended a list of 12 people to be appointed as members of the Legislative Council from the governor’s quota. However, he never endorsed the list. It was said that he would make quick decisions with the new government formed in the state,” Mr Pawar joked.

“This is clearly at odds with his own oath when assuming office. A governor should be neutral while dealing with people of varying political backgrounds,” he added.

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