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Dispur-Governor row gets uglier

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 Sep 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Congress to move President, Rajth with video evidence against Acharya for working like 'RSS front-man'

By Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, Sept 24: Upping the stakes in its long running battle against Governor PB Acharya, the State government will move President Prab Mukherjee and Home Minister Rajth Singh with video "evidence", alleging that the Governor is working like an "RSS man".

In the video, captured when a BJP delegation called upon the Governor on Tuesday last after a two-day sit-in demonstration, Acharya is allegedly seen talking like a BJP-RSS member, according to the Congress.

A Congress spokesman said the Governor is seen in the video speaking to the BJP leaders and advising them "how we should win elections", "how our MLAs and MPs should work" etc.

"Everyone has seen now what the Governor is doing - whether he is acting like a Governor or an RSS pracharak. We will send this footage to the President and Home Minister. Let them judge," Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said.

Asked whether the Congress would seek Acharya's removal, Gogoi parried the question by saying, "He is not a full-fledged Governor. He is just holding additiol charge."

Raj Bhavan and Rajiv Bhavan have been on collision course ever since Acharya assumed additiol charge of Governor of the State. Acharya had confronted the State government on the rampant rhino killings, leading to a backlash from Dispur and the State Congress.

A few weeks back, the Congress had staged demonstrations accusing the Governor of making comments against the party at a meeting in Silchar. The Governor had, however, denied the allegations.

The Congress also accused the Governor of flouting existing norms while nomiting the 12 court members of Dibrugarh University, with four of them said to have no other background except being from the RSS.

Meanwhile, reacting to the State BJP's two-day strike launched to protest the "failures of the State government", the Chief Minister said he will reply to each and every allegation on Friday.

"It is really surprising - why were they silent all these 13/14 years? Now suddenly they have woken up. If there are anomalies in the government, they (the BJP government at the Centre) can initiate a CBI investigation," Gogoi said, alleging that the NDA government is not keen on developing Assam.

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