Assam chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday accused state governor P B Acharya of “forgetting” that he is a Governor and demanded his immediate removal. A minister in his cabinet went one step further and demanded that Acharya be arrested.
Acharya had sparked a row recently by saying Muslims in India are free to go to Pakistan or Bangladesh if they feel persecuted in India.
“Acharya forgot he is a Governor. He does not know how to behave like a constitutional head. He does not know how to maintain the dignity of a Governor. He is still behaving like an RSS pracharak,” Gogoi said at a press conference here on Monday. “He should be removed immediately. The sooner the better for Assam. Otherwise, he will create more trouble in the state,” Gogoi said.
Siddique Ahmed, a state minister who has frequently courted controversies with his own remarks, said, “Acharya has lowered the dignity of the Constitution. He should be immediately arrested.”
The Governor could not be reached for comments on Monday. On Saturday, Acharya had allegedly said that “Hindustan is for Hindus.” A day later, he claimed he was misquoted by a section of the media, and while clarifying, said: “What I had said (on Saturday) was that Hindus, if persecuted in other countries, had nowhere else to go but India.” He also said that Indian Muslims, if they feel persecuted, are free to go to Pakistan or Bangladesh.