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Assam Congress urges President to restrain governor

Guwahati: Hundreds of Congress workers on Tuesday held a demonstration in front of Raj Bhavan here and shouted slogans against the governor, who is holding the additional charge of Assam governor besides of Nagaland.

The ruling Congress in Assam has urged President Pranab Mukherjee to either restrain Assam Governor P.B. Acharya or relieve him of his additional responsibility.

The party alleged that some of the recent statements of the governor have lowered the sanctity and dignity of the office of the highest constitutional authority of Assam.

The Congress leaders also sent a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee and said that Acharya has not only been discharging his duties in Assam like an agent of a particular political party but “also trying to saffronize” education in Assam.

“Like on June 20, Acharya while addressing a public rally in Silchar said that during the 60 years of Congress rule in India, the party had exploited and looted the country more than the Mughals and British during their rule in our country,” the memorandum pointed out.

“The derogatory statements against an 129-year-old political party, one of the oldest political party in the world, is not only an insult to the martyrs and champions of the freedom movement in our country. The APCC condemns such unwanted, irresponsible and politically motivated statements of governor,” said APCC spokesman and former Assam minister Ripun Bora.

He said the acting governor of Assam has been behaving like a spokesman of an opposition political party by violating the constitutional conventions.

“The governor has recently nominated 10 members to the Court of Dibrugarh University in the capacity as chancellor of the university. However, contrary to the established norms that these persons should have strong academic and good social reputation, at least four of these nominated members do not have any such background except that they all have RSS background,” Bora said.

Since he assumed the charge of the state, the governor has been at loggerhead with the Congress-ruled state government, particularly with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.