Tathagata Roy to extend ‘leave’ as Meghalaya Governor

SHILLONG, Jan 3: Meghalaya governor, Tathagata Roy who was on leave after his controversial comment on the protestors opposing the amended Citizenship Act has extended his leave.

Raj Bhavan sources today evening said that Roy has extended his leave.

The sources confirmed that Roy was supposed to resume his duty on Saturday as reported in certain sections of the media.

“He has decided to extend his leave and will not be returning to Shillong for now” sources said.

An avid tweeter, Roy while criticising the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) 2019 had said that those
who do not want divisive democracy should go to North Korea.

As the opposition to the amended citizenship act was gaining storm, Roy had tweeted on December 13 : “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.”

This tweet of his had evoked sharp criticism and demands for his recall or resignation became stronger.

The Governor has also been at the receiving end for his delay in signing the ordinance amending the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2016.

Both the government and the civil society groups have been asking him to give his assent to the ordinance.

Roy was also at loggerheads with the government when he refused to give his consent to a cabinet decision to promulgate administrator’s rule in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council.

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