Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s exit script was written in November last year. When he made controversial statements about Chhatrapati Shivaji, it was decided that the BJP could not retain him. The longer the BJP kept him in this post, the more it would suffer. He also started getting hints of this, which is why he first wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and then to Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering to resign. In fact, he made statements that hurt the pride of the Marathas and the traditions and culture of Maharashtra. This angered the state BJP leaders as well as the leaders of the allied party i.e. Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde party.
Koshiyari had said in a program in November last year that Chhatrapati Shivaji is an old icon and the youth should take inspiration from the new icon. Along with Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar, he also took the name of Nitin Gadkari in the new icon. This statement was opposed in the whole of Maharashtra. Earlier he had made controversial comments on the child marriage of great social reformer Savitri Bai Phule. Then he said at an event of Rajasthani society, if the people of Rajasthan and Gujarat leave, the whole charm of Mumbai will end. It was a matter of hurting the pride of the Marathi people. However, he was very useful for the team. Be it secretly taking oath as chief minister at six in the morning or hanging the names sent by the government for nomination to the Legislative Council for over a year and a half, he has done it all. But now his speech is costing party votes.