Hindustan is for Hindus: Acharya

By Our Staff Reporter

Guwahati, Nov 21: ''Hindustan is for Hindus. Hindus from any part of the world can come and settle here,'' Governor PB Acharya said today, in comments that could spark another controversy. He was responding to questions from jourlists on the sidelines of a function organized by Archeological Survey of India at Raj Bhavan.

Acharya’s comments came when jourlists wanted to know the Governor’s views on the recent Home Ministry notification regularizing stay of minority refugees from Bangladesh and Pakistan.

“In India, Hindus are not immigrants,” he added. When pointed out that his remarks about the need for revisiting Assam Accord had drawn sharp reactions across the State, the Governor said, “That was just my persol view.  There was no intention to show any disrespect to the Accord.”

He said that if the AASU has any reservations regarding the notification on minority refugees, it should take it up with the Central government.

On Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s allegations that the Central government has slashed funds for the State, Acharya said he had seen the reports in the newspapers. “The Chief Minister should be more specific. If he wants, I can discuss the issue with the Central government.”

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