Governor Roy to resume duty in Shillong Raj Bhavan

Governor Roy to resume duty in Shillong Raj Bhavan
Tathagata Roy
Correspondent SHILLONG, JAN 3 | Publish Date: 1/3/2020 12:50:12 PM IST

Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy, who had gone on leave from the Raj Bhavan following his  controversial tweet asking people to go to North Korea if they were not in line with the “divisive” nature of the government, will resume office on Saturday.

Roy, who is known for shooting his mouth and getting into controversies, went on leave from December 17 amid demands from the opposition Congress for his recall and criticism from various quarters over his controversial tweet asking those who do not want “divisive democracy to go to North Korea” during the protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 in the State.

During his 18 days leave, Nagaland Governor R.N.Ravi was given the additional charge of Meghalaya.

In fact, official sources had said that the central government has asked Roy to go on leave for damaging the ruling party’s position in Meghalaya and the country as a whole for his recent “offensive and also racist tweet”.

“The Governor (Roy) will be resuming his duty tomorrow forenoon after Governor Ravi leave Shillong Raj Bhavan in the morning,” an official said.

According to his twitter account, Roy was holidaying in Diu, the former Portuguese possession at the bottom of Sarurashtra and Gujarat. He arrived in his hometown Kolkata on Thursday.

 Roy tenure as Meghalaya Governor end on May, 2020.

 Prior to his tweet asking “people to go to North Korea”, Roy  had also tweeted saying  that opposition to the proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act, 1955, was the “height of absurdity” and stated that the bill would “right the wrong”.

 Moreover, there has been difference between the Governor Roy and the BJP-backed Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government over his refusal to give his assent to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.

The Ordinance, which was approved by the Meghalaya Cabinet on November 2, seeks registration of all non-residents, including tourists visiting the state. 

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