Congress boycotts Meghalaya Governor’s address

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SHILLONG, March 08: The recent tweets of Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy on the issue of Kashmir has prompted the Congress party in the state to boycott his address during the first day of the Budget session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly.

The opposition members decided not to attend Roy’s maiden address on Friday and had also skipped the photo session as well.

“The Congress Legislature Party (CLP) has decided that we will boycott the Governor’s address today,” Leader of Opposition, Dr. Mukul Sangma had said before the start of the session.

“The Governor had tweeted that all Kashmiri goods should be boycotted and people should not visit Kashmir,” Dr. Sangma had said while citing the reason for this boycott.

“It does it augur well for the nation when a person who is holding a constitutional post not less than a Governor of a state can engage in this kind of message which is capable of creating a rift amongst the citizens of the nation,” Dr. Sangma added.

Stating that the nation’s fight is against the terrorists, not against the community or against the people, Dr. Sangma said, “Now, will such people like the Governor of Meghalaya, if there is an event of any terrorist attack in the North East, tell the country now boycott the North East, boycott the goods of North East?”

Dr. Sangma further demanded the immediate removal of the Governor while accusing him of attempting to divide the people of the nation.

“These are the kind of people who are dividing the nation. I must say immediately after this tweet the Prime Minister should have pulled up the Governor, he should have been removed from office in the best interest of the nation to send a strong message and to vindicate what he said to the country,” Dr. Sangma said.

Later when asked for his reaction on the action taken by the opposition members, Governor Tathagata Roy said, “So I see that they have done so. What can I do about it?”

Asked whether he regrets for making such tweets, the Governor said that he has nothing to say beyond what he had already stated in his tweets.

“I have already said that there is nothing further to be said beyond what I have said in my tweets,” Roy said.

Terming the protest by the opposition as ‘unfortunate’, Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said, “You could be disagreeing with certain individuals comment but here it is not about Tathagata Roy but it is about the Governor of Meghalaya and I think it was not good for the opposition to do that but the decision is theirs and they have done it.”