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Meghalaya Cong demands recall of Governor for controversial tweet

Shillong, Dec 14 (UNI) The opposition Congress in Meghalaya Congress on Saturday demanded the recalling of Governor Tathagata Roy for his controversial tweet, asking those who do not want "divisive democracy" to go to North Korea.
''We have decided to place a demand before Prime Minister Narendra Modi to recall the Governor for his controversial tweet,'' opposition Congress Chief Whip, Process T Sawkmie said.
''He is behaving in a very immature way and adding fuel to the prevailing tense situation in the state,'' Mr Sawkmie said.
The Congress legislator said that people of the state expect the Governor to act maturely by trying to cool down the situation.
''However, the Governor continues to insult the people of the state with his comments in the social media,'' he added.
On Friday, Mr Roy, who was backing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, had tweeted ''A democracy is NECESSARILY DIVISIVE. If you do not want it go to North Korea.''
"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, he added.
Meanwhile, the Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisations (CoMSO) said the Meghalaya Governor himself is trying to bring the 'North Korea model' into the state.
They also asked Roy to avoid making any remarks which will provoke or make the people angry.
''It is the Governor, who is trying to bring the North Korea model in Meghalaya. We can clearly witness that the Governor is behaving like a dictator by refusing to the recommendations and suggestions made by the Cabinet,”CoMSO chairman, Robertjune Kharjahrin said.
''The Governor had delay to give his assent to the ordinance of the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security Act, 2019, when the Cabinet had already approved it. Who is he to delay to give his assent when he is only the Governor,'' he added.
Governor Roy had said that he is still consulting legal experts before giving his assent to the Ordinance.
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