Oppn Congress boycotts Tathagata Roy’s maiden speech in Assembly

‘Don’t visit Kashmir, don’t go to Amarnath for the next 2 years’

SHILLONG, Mar 8: The opposition Congress in Meghalaya boycotted Governor, Tathagata Roy’s speech during the first day of the Budget session, in protest against his remarks after the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, where 40 para-military forces were killed.

The opposition Congress also avoided the customary photo-op and tea with the Governor.

Roy later tweeted, “International Women’s Day greetings to all the lady legislators of Meghalaya whom I did not meet this morning. Disappointed at missing the male legislators too! Que sera sera!”

When asked by journalists on the opposition members boycotting him, the Meghalaya Governor said, “So I see that they have done so, what can I do about it?”

He also said that he had nothing to say beyond what he had already said in his tweets.

When asked if he regretted tweeting those remarks, Roy said, “I have already said that there is nothing further to be said beyond what I have said in my tweets.”

On February 19, Governor Roy had tweeted: “Don’t visit Kashmir, don’t go to Amarnath for the next 2 years. Don’t buy articles from Kashmir emporia or Kashmiri tradesman who come every winter. Boycott everything Kashmiri. I am inclined to agree.”

Earlier, in the morning, leader of opposition, Dr Mukul Sangma while speaking to journalists said that it does not augur well for the nation when a person who is holding a constitutional post not less than that of a Governor engages in such kind of message which is capable of creating a rift amongst the citizens of the nation.

“The nation’s fight is against the terrorists and not against the community or against the people it is very clear,” Dr Sangma said.

The opposition leader also asked if such people like the Governor of Meghalaya would tell the country to boycott northeast or its goods if there is an event of any terrorist attack here.

“With a heavy heart, we would like to share our agony and anger in respect of the narrative that was generated by Governor Roy. He said that all Kashmiri goods should be boycotted, people should not visit Jammu and Kashmir,” Dr Sangma said.

He said that immediately after the incident in Pulwama lots of incidents happened across the nation against Kashmiris and that was the time when the Governor of Meghalaya tweeted those comments.

The opposition leader also said that the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi should have pulled up the Governor, immediately after his tweet and should have been removed from office in the best interest of the nation to send a strong message.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma said that it was inappropriate on the part of the opposition Congress to boycott the Governor’s speech.

Conrad said that one might have differences of opinion with a certain individual on his individual comments but here was not about Tathagata Roy but it is about the Governor of Meghalaya.

“But I think this is about the chair and you know this is about the ceremonial process that takes place every year and this literally an insult to the chair of the Governor and I think it is not appropriate and not good and it should not have been done and it is very unfortunate that the opposition has acted in this way,” the Chief Minister said.

He also said that the tweet was from Tathagata Roy’s twitter account and not from the Governor’s official handle.

“I am not commenting on what he said as an individual or not but as I said I am not either here to argue about whether it is correct or not correct but as I said being absent or boycotting a ceremonial process which has never been done this is the first time it is not appropriate but the decision is there’s,” the Chief Minister added.

Declining to comment on the tweet made by the Meghalaya Governor, Conrad said that it was an individual’s comment and he did not want to comment on what he had to say.

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