New Delhi: Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, indulge in a war of words over the issue of opening of Temples in the state. Also Read - Man-eater Tiger That Killed Eight People Captured in Maharashtra's Chandrapur District

Earlier on Monday, Koshyari wrote a scathing letter to Thackeray, asking why religious places were still shut in the state while all other activities like ‘bars and restaurants’ were allowed. Also Read - Mumbai Local Train News: Lawyers Allowed to Use Special Suburban Services | Timings, Guidelines Here

“Our Gods and Goddesses have been condemned to stay under lockdown”, the  Maharashtra Governor’s letter read. Also Read - Light-Intensity Earthquake of 3.3 Magnitude Hits Near Nagpur

“You have been a strong votary of Hindutva. You had publicly espoused your devotion to Lord Rama by visiting Ayodhya after taking charge as Chief Minister. You had visited the Vitthal Rukmini Mandir in Pandharpur and performed the puja on Ashadhi Ekadashi,” Koshyari wrote.

He added,”I wonder if you are receiving any divine premonition to keep postponing the reopening of places of worship time and again or have you turned ‘secular’ yourselves, a term you hated?”

Responding to the governor’s letter, CM Thackeray said, “As imposing lockdown all of a sudden was not right, revoking it completely at once will also be not a good thing. And yes, I am someone who follows Hindutva, my Hindutva doesn’t need verification from you.”

However, he assured the governor that the state government would consider his request seriously and take an appropriate decision soon with all COVID precautions.

Meanwhile, Shiv Sena Spokesperson and MP said the governor should not interfere in the state government’s functioning since it is democratically-elected, and should only be concerned if the government is functioning as per the Constitutional norms.