Meghalaya Governor stokes controversy , State BJP, CoMSO condemn his statement

Shillong, Dec 15: Meghalaya Governor, Tathagata Roy on Saturday drew flak from several quarters including the State BJP for asking those who do not want “divisive democracy” to go to North Korea.

Condemning the statement of the Governor, vice president of the BJP, J A Lyngdoh said that the state party in its emergent meeting held on Saturday has condemned the statement of the Governor and decided to raise this matter with Central leaders of the party.

Roy had tweeted that “A democracy is NESCESSARILY DIVISIVE. If you do not want it go to North Korea.” He is apparently supporting the Citizenship Amendment Act.

“Two things should never be lost sight of in the present atmosphere of controversy. 1. The country was once divided in the name of religion. 2. A democracy is NECESSARILY DIVISIVE. If you don’t want it go to North Korea,” Roy had said.

While taking strong cognizance, the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organization (CoMSO) has asked the Governor to refrain from making inflammatory statements.

“The governor should stop making inflammatory statements, which are against the sentiments of the indigenous people. We would like to remind him that India is a secular country and that he is the one who should be sent to North Korea for his dictatorship attitude by not listening to the council of ministers,” chairman of CoMSO Robertjune Kharjahrin said.

On the other hand, a group of concerned citizens led by advocate Peter A Dohkrut termed the Governor’s statement as “derogatory remark” against the people of the state.

“He should know his position. His duty is to protect the Constitution not to protect the government’s policy. It’s inappropriate for the governor to speak such language,” Dohkrut said.

Accusing the governor of being a puppet of the BJP, the advocate said, “(He) is protecting the government policy instead of protecting the constitution”

Dohkrut also demanded the governor to resign. “Its better for him to resign and join politics. By his statement he insults not only the people of Meghalaya but entire North East region,” he said.