Congress boycotts Meghalaya Governor’s address in Assembly

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Shillong, March 9 (AGENCIES): The Opposition Congress Friday boycotted the address of Governor Tathagata Roy in the Meghalaya Assembly for his tweet backing the boycott of “everything Kashmiri” following the Pulwama terror attack.

Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma said such tweets by a person holding constitutional office does not augur well for the people and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should have pulled up the governor and removed him from office in the best interest of the nation.

“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,” Roy had tweeted after the Pulwama terror attack.

“The PM should have pulled up the Governor. He should have been removed from the high office in the best interest of the nation …,” Mukul Sangma told media persons.

In his address on the first day of the budget session, Roy expressed concern and condemned the attack on the CRPF jawans at Pulwama.

“We express our deepest condolences to the family members of the deceased jawans,” he said.

He, however, lauded the state administration and the Meghalaya police for having effectively dealt with few agitations on issues like Inner Line Permit, border dispute with Assam and setting up of entry-exit points in the past one year.

On women and children safety, Roy said all measures are being taken to ensure safety and security for all the citizens, with particular emphasis on combating crimes against women and children and human trafficking.

He said capacity and competence building programmes have been organised from time to time to equip the investigation officers in handling such cases professionally.

Admitting that Meghalaya is becoming susceptible to cyber-crimes, the Governor said there has been an increase of cyber-crimes cases reported in the state and a cyber-crime wing has been created under the administrative control and management of CID.

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