CPI(M) demands sacking of Meghalaya Governor for his ‘boycott Kashmiri’ remarks
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CPI(M) demands sacking of Meghalaya Governor for his ‘boycott Kashmiri’ remarks

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New Delhi, Feb 21: Lashing at out Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy for his statement to boycott Kashmiris, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) polit bureau on Thursday demanded that the President Ram Nath Kovind must sack him.

“Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy, in yet another outrageous statement, has endorsed a call for boycott of Kashmir and Kashmiris in the wake of the Pulwama tragedy. This comes at a time when Kashmiris, particularly students, in various parts of the country are being attacked, tormented and forced to leave”, the party said in a statement.

The Left party pointed out that the Governor holds a Constitutional office.

“As the representative of the President of India, he is expected to act as the custodian of the Indian Constitution”, the CPI(M) said.

Referring to the other incidents, in which Mr Roy made controversial remarks, the Left party said “this is not the first time he has made public comments which disgrace the post he holds and violate the fundamentals of the Indian Constitution”.

“This is a transgression and that is unacceptable. The President of India must immediately sack him”, it said.

Earlier Congress spokesperson Gaurav Gogoi also criticised Mr Roy as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi of his silence on the controversial remarks by the Governor.

“The permanent silence from Prime Minister Modi on the Meghalaya Governor is an endorsement of the latter' disturbing remarks”, Mr Gogoi tweeted.

On Wednesday, Communist Party of India (CPI) too demanded that the Meghalaya Governor from the post for his ‘anti-constitutional’ statement.

“Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy’s call for boycott of Kashmir and Kashmiris is highly condemnable. Governor should be removed for his anti-constitutional statement”, the party said in a statement.

Mr Roy had stirred a controversy when he said, “an appeal from a retired colonel of the Indian Army: 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”.

The Left party also said boycotting Kashmiris will only alienate the Kashmiri people from the rest of India.

After facing mounting criticism over his statement, Mr Roy later on Tuesday said his statement was “a purely Non-Violent Reaction to the killing of our soldiers by the hundreds and the driving out of 3.5 lakh Kashmiri Pandits”.

“Vociferously violent reactions from media and several others to my echoing of a suggestion from a retired army colonel. A purely non-violent reaction to the killing of our soldiers by the hundreds and the driving out of 3.5 lakh Kashmiri Pandits.”, the Meghalaya Governor said in a tweet to clarify his earlier statement.

The statement triggered huge controversy and people like former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti came out and condemned Mr Roy’s statement and demanded his removal. (UNI)

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