On Thursday, the centre-ruling BJP said that it disagrees with the tweet of Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy, advising the boycott of ‘everything Kashmiri’ following the recent Pulwama terror strike, its long-time supporter Akali Dai said that the President must take immediate action.
Over the disgraceful posts of Mr. Roy, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that “I don’t agree with his tweet. Matter ends there.” Tathagata Roy is a former BJP leader, who was first appointed in 2015 as the state Governor.
However, Akali Dal does not think that the matter should be closed without action. Naresh Gujral, a leader of Akali Dali said that it was ‘unfortunate’ that people like Mr. Roy were appointed as Governors and urges President Ram Nath Kovind to intervene.
Mr. Gujral told sources that “people like him (Tathagata Roy) hold constitutional positions is a disgrace to our secular democratic ethos.”
A longtime BJP leader Tathagata Roy, who calls himself a ‘right-wing Hindu socio-political thinker, writer, ideologue and also Governor, Meghalaya” in his Twitter, who is a repeat offender.
Mr. Roy in his latest tweets said that people should boycott Kashmiri goods and also avoid traveling to the Valley.
Mr. Gujral said that he would send a letter to the President to take notes of the comments and to interfere. He has also compared the reported attacks on Kashmiris’ to the ostracisation of Sikh community in the 1980’s Punjab militancy, mainly during the killing of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards in 1984.
He continued, “The proxy war waged by Pakistan on India started with Punjab. It went on for a decade and a half, and over 40,000 innocent lives were lost, but the greater tragedy was that after 1984, the entire Sikh community came under suspicion, a community that has sacrificed the most for India’s freedom and the country’s democratic rights during Emergency. During the Asian Games, even Sikh Lieutenant-Generals were stopped at the Delhi border for checks and frisking and it served to alienate the entire community.”
On February 14, more than 40 CRPF personnel has lost their lives when a suicide bomber blew up a vehicle full of RDX next to a CRPF convoy in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. Over the past few days, people of J & K have faced harassment and attacks from a section of the population in parts of the country.