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State governors should be politically neutral. So why are they all BJP?

The governor and CM of Maharashtra were in conflict again last week over use of the state aircraft

State governors should be politically neutral. So why are they all BJP?

The governor and CM of Maharashtra were in conflict again last week over use of the state aircraft

State governors should be politically neutral. So why are they all BJP?

The governor and CM of Maharashtra were in conflict again last week over use of the state aircraft

State governors should be politically neutral. So why are they all BJP?

The governor and CM of Maharashtra were in conflict again last week over use of the state aircraft

The role of the governor is to uphold the Constitution. Yet today they serve Modi, not democracy.

In early February the governor of Maharashtra boarded the state aircraft for a flight to Dehradun. He sat there for about fifteen minutes, waiting for the plane to take off. Meanwhile, officials did everything they could to get through to the Chief Minister’s office to obtain approval for the flight.

The governor, of course, is the head of state. It is unheard of for the head of state to be refused use of the state aircraft. Approval from the Chief Minister is simply a formality. Yet this time, the Chief Minister declined to give it.

The governor descended from the plane, went back into the airport, and booked tickets for the next scheduled airline flight to Dehradun. The head of state taking public transport: imagine the Queen of England being forced to get a bus.

Something very unusual is going on at the highest level of Maharashtra’s government.

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