Assam CM wants 'RSS pracharak' governor out

Tarun Gogoi slams PB Acharya for his controversial 'Hindustan for Hindus' comment; demands 'permanent' governor

Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi yesterday demanded that the Centre appoint a ‘permanent’ governor for the state by replacing Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya who is holding additional charge.

Assam CM Tarun Gogoi
Assam CM Tarun Gogoi

In a statement, Gogoi said, “To keep the unity of the state intact and to continue the development, a person with a broad mind should be appointed as the governor of the state.”

He observed that Acharya had broken his oath taken as the constitutional head of the state by reportedly commenting that “Hindustan is only for Hindus”, which had “demeaned” the post. Gogoi alleged that Acharya was working more as an “RSS Pracharak” than a constitutional head of the state.

“If Acharya is allowed to continue as Assam Governor, then he will work for BJP as an RSS Pracharak during the Assembly polls due next year,” he said.

Congress slams remarks

PB Acharya’s remarks at a book launch on Saturday have drawn sharp criticism from the Congress, which alleged that Acharya’s statements were reflective of the divisive ideology of RSS and BJP which has led to incidents like Dadri lynching. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi termed Acharya’s remarks as “unfortunate and shocking.

Abhishek Singhvi
Abhishek Singhvi

He said, “It is clearly indicative of the way RSS and BJP functionaries think and continue to think even when they are in a constitutional post. Bondage or umbilical cords with parent remote organisations, should be severed when you assume a Constitutional post,” he said. Singhvi added that the same ideology and philosophy has led to a culture of absolute divisiveness, intolerance, mutual enmity, and trust deficit in the last 18 months. “You have been hearing from MPs, MLAs, ministers and now from Governor,” he said.

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