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Shillong, Dec 16:
Nagaland Governor, R.N. Ravi will be sworn in as the new Meghalaya Governor at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday at 11 am.
The press communique from the Rashtrapati Bhavan today states that the President of India is pleased to appoint Shri R.N. Ravi, Governor of Nagaland to discharge the functions of the Governor of Meghalaya, in addition to his own duties, during the absence on leave of Tathagata Roy.
It may be mentioned that various civil society organisations have demanded the removal of Tathagata Roy from the post of Governor of Meghalaya.
Talking to reporters here today, Deputy Chief Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed that the Government received an official communication from the Ministry of Home Affairs that the Governor of Nagaland has been given additional charge as Governor of Meghalaya.
When asked about the decision of the Centre asking Roy to go on leave, Tynsong said, "I think the central government knows better than anyone else and they must have seen the drama that has happened in our state".
"We accept whatever arrangement is made by the Home Ministry for the state," he added.
It may be mentioned that statements in support of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 and tweets from the Governor had upset many an individual of the state with the social organisations joined by common people hitting the streets in condemnation to it and this was just not the end of it.
The Governor and the MDA government were also in a tussle, first being the rejection of the Governor to the recommendation of the state government to impose administrators rule in the KHADC and the second was the delay in giving his assent to the Meghalaya Resident Safety and Security Act, ordinance.
Reacting to this development, Senior Opposition Congress Leader, Ampareen Lyngdoh said, "We are very delighted that the President has taken cognisance of our feeling of anxiousness and suspiciousness on the Government of India because when the Governor was in position he went on and on being very undemocratic".
"He was being very authoritarian and I am happy that we will have a new Governor who will be taking charge and sworn in tomorrow," she added.
Meanwhile, general Secretary of the Khasi Students Union (KSU), Donald Thabah said that apart from sending the Governor Tathagata Roy on leave, he should be removed from the post of the Governor of Meghalaya.
Referring to the Governor's tweet that those who do not want divisive democracy should go to North Korea, Thabah said that it is very childish of him to do so and "we want the GOI to remove him from the post of the Governor."
"As a matter of fact he is unfit for the post of the Governor," he added.
The KSU General Secretary however said that they want to inform and warn the New Governor that the people of Meghalaya are against the CAA and wants ILP and that it would be nice of him to play his role as a Governor and ensure that ILP is implemented, the state exempted from CAA and to give his assent to the ordinance of MRSSA.
Echoing similar views, chairperson of Confederation of Meghalaya Social Organisation (CoMSO), Robert June Kharjarin said, " It is a good move because people here in Meghalaya were very angry with the Governor. It is not that because we hate him but for the careless statements he made which goes against the sentiments of the people of the state and the NE".
"I hope his long leave will remain forever," he added.