As of now, Tathagata Roy has not been given every other publish, though he has expressed his desire to return to active politics in West Bengal
Veteran BJP chief Tathagata Roy’s tenure because the Governor of Meghalaya got here to an finish of Tuesday with former Goa governor Satya Pal Malik set to substitute him.
As of now, Roy has not been given every other publish, though he has expressed his desire to return to active politics in West Bengal. According to information company PTI, Roy has mentioned that he’s keen to settle for any position the social gathering entrusts him with.
The 74-year-outdated former West Bengal BJP president, nonetheless, evaded a direct reply when requested whether or not he would love to be the face of the social gathering within the state Assembly polls due subsequent yr, saying “It is for the party leadership to decide”.
“My tenure as Governor ended in May. I am still here just because of the COVID-19 situation. Once my tenure ends and I go back to Kolkata, I would like to return to active politics and take up any role the BJP offers to me,” Roy instructed PTI.
“If my social gathering decides that I’m a match candidate for the publish of chief minister, clearly, I shall take into account it,” Roy instructed The Indian Express over the telephone.
Roy mentioned that he had knowledgeable the social gathering management lengthy again that he needs to return to active politics. “I don’t know why everybody is talking about it now,” he mentioned.
As per The Print.in, a piece of the Bengal BJP unit is in favour of Roy contesting the upcoming Assembly election, however he mentioned that he would settle for any position given by the social gathering. The state is scheduled to go to Assembly elections in April or May subsequent yr.
Roy was the state BJP president from 2002 to 2006 and a member of the social gathering’s nationwide govt between 2002 and 2015.
He was appointed because the governor of Tripura in May 2015 and later took over because the governor of Meghalaya in August 2018.
The governor, who describes himself as a “Right-wing Hindu socio-political thinker, writer, ideologue” on his Twitter deal with is understood for posting provocative messages on social media. Here are some of his different controversially charged remarks.
‘Boycott the whole lot Kashmiri’
Earlier this yr, in February, Roy in a tweet requested for a blanket boycott of “everything Kashmiri”. The tweet was in response to the 14 February assault on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama that killed 42 jawans.
Roy additionally requested individuals not to go to Kashmir or go to Amarnath for the subsequent two years. The governor’s feedback come amid studies of threats being issued to Kashmiri individuals, particularly college students, in a number of components of the nation.
An attraction from a retired colonel of the Indian Army: Don’t go to Kashmir,don’t go to Amarnath for the subsequent 2 years. Don’t purchase articles from Kashmir emporia or Kashmiri tradesman who come each winter. Boycott the whole lot Kashmiri.
I’m inclined to agree
— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) February 19, 2019
Soon after stoking controversy together with his tweet, Roy tried to make clear in a telephone interview with a tv channel that he was not advocating for a complete financial shutdown of Kashmir. “I have not said boycott everything Kashmiri,” Roy instructed News18, claiming that he had solely quoted a “retired colonel of the Indian Army”. He then went on to name an financial shutdown of Kashmir “collateral damage”.
‘Bengali boys sweep flooring, ladies dance in bars’
In June, 2019, he triggered one other storm by claiming that Bengali boys sweep the flooring of homes throughout the nation lately and “Bengali girls dance in Mumbai’s bars.”
Wondering why a piece of the individuals in West Bengal was opposed to studying Hindi, Roy, himself a Bengali, additionally mentioned on Twitter that main components of Bengal had been separated from the state.
Stressing on the necessity to study Hindi, Roy mentioned barring those that wouldn’t step exterior West Bengal, everybody ought to study Hindi as this was the language the individuals of the nation, besides in Tamil Nadu, roughly understood. “They should understand reality. Otherwise, they will have to suffer,” the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief mentioned.
A quantity of netizens criticised Roy claiming that he had insulted Bengali girls and boys, whereas many others supported his views.
’26/11 attackers spared Muslims’
On the tenth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror assaults, again in 2018, the then Meghalaya governor claimed that Muslims weren’t killed within the “Pakistan-sponsored slaughter of innocents“.
“10th Anniversary today of Paki-sponsored slaughter of innocents (except Muslims) at Mumbai, popularly called 26/11. Does anyone remember why we did not even downgrade our diplomatic relations with the Pakis (let alone break off such relations or go to war)?” he tweeted.
Later, he deleted his tweet and mentioned he was fallacious on details. “I was misinformed of the Paki-sponsored killers of 26/11 having spared Muslims. In fact, several Muslims were killed. It was a mistake of facts and I am sorry for the same. The relevant tweet has been deleted,” he tweeted.
He deleted the second tweet as effectively after which issued one other apology.
The tweet relating to 26/11 contained a factual mistake. It has been deleted with apologies. No additional enquiries please
— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) November 26, 2018
‘Hindu-Muslim downside will not be solved with out a civil battle’
In 2017, Roy tweeted a 1946 remark by Syama Prasad Mookerjee, who later based the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, that “the Hindu-Muslim problem won’t be solved without a civil war”.
This led to the then ruling CPM and the opposition Congress demanding his removing from because the state governor.
Syama Prasad Mookerjee wrote in his diary on 10/1/1946: “The Hindu-Muslim problem won’t b solved without a Civil War”. So very similar to Lincoln!
— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) June 18, 2017
‘Wrap them in pigskin, bury them face down in pig excreta’
In January 2016, Roy had steered that the our bodies of the terrorists killed within the Pathankot attack be wrapped in pigskin. “I seriously suggest Russian treatment to terrorists’ carcasses. Wrap them in pigskin, bury them face down in pig excreta. No chance of Houris,” he had mentioned on Twitter.
‘Fight in opposition to intolerance will solely be balanced when Muslims have pork within the open’
In November 2015, Roy — in an interview with The Economic Times — had mentioned, “People have the right to eat what they want but the scales would be even when Muslims come out and have pork in the open. And that day, we can really call it a war against intolerance.”
On being requested what he thought in regards to the emergence of a ‘secular Grand Alliance’ in Bihar, Roy gave a obscure reply and mentioned that he doesn’t settle for the definition of the phrase ‘secular’.
‘People who attended Yakub Menon’s funeral are potential terrorists’
In July 2015, Roy described individuals who had attended 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon’s funeral as “potential terrorists” and mentioned, “they ought to be kept under surveillance”.
After going through criticism for his remarks, Roy had mentioned, “I stand by what I have said on Twitter. All those who went to attend Yakub Memon’s funeral, other than his family members, close relatives, and friends, are definitely prima facie suspects. There must be some potential threat elements in these people. They ought to be kept under surveillance.”
If Hindus of West Bengal didn’t reject secularism, they’d be annihilated’
In April 2015, Roy had mentioned that if Hindus of West Bengal didn’t reject secularism and polarise, they’d be “annihilated”.
Hindus of West Bengal: both chuck yr ‘secular’,’politically appropriate’ values and polarise. Or put together to be both annihilated or transformed
— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) April 23, 2015
‘Glad you recognize what Hindus did in Gujarat in 2002’
In 2015, commenting on the “fighting back” nature of Hindus, Roy tweeted, “One exception was Gujarat, 2002. I’m glad you appreciate what the Hindus did then.”
— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) March 23, 2015
Back in August 2014, Roy had congratulated UP BJP for mentioning the notorious ‘Love Jihad’ situation and had even steered that the problem be taken up in West Bengal.
Congrats UP BJP fr bringing situation of Love Jihad to the fore. We in West Bengal should maybe do the identical to save hapless gullible Hindu ladies
— Tathagata Roy (@tathagata2) August 24, 2014
With inputs from PTI
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