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'Boycott Everything Kashmiri': Meghalaya Governor Tweets After Pulwama Attack

Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy supported a call for boycott of "everything Kashmiri" following the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama.

'Boycott Everything Kashmiri': Meghalaya Governor Tweets After Pulwama Attack
Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy endorsed a call to boycott 'everything Kashmiri'. | File Photo
'Boycott Everything Kashmiri': Meghalaya Governor Tweets After Pulwama Attack
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2019-02-19T18:17:30+05:30

Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy on Tuesday created a controversy by endorsing a call to boycott "everything Kashmiri", including the Amarnath Yatra and purchasing products from the state, as a response to Pulwama terror attack.

Roy, who describes himself as a right-wing Hindu socio-political thinker, writer, ideologue on Twitter,  said, "An appeal from a retired colonel of the Indian Army: Don’t visit Kashmir, don’t go to Amarnath for the next 2 years. Don’t buy articles from Kashmir emporia or Kashmiri tradesman who come every winter. Boycott everything Kashmiri. I am inclined to agree."

The BJP leader turned Governor also referred to the Pakistan Army "who are handling the Kashmiri separatists" and its role in "East Pakistan", mentioning war crimes like slaughter and rape.

"... And they would have kept East Pakistan but for the whacking from India," Roy tweeted.

"I am not suggesting that we go that far. But at least some distance?" he wrote.

Expressing outrgae over his remarks, PDP leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said, "Deplorable statement coming from the Governor of Meghalaya. GoI must sack him immediately . If they fail to do so, it means he has their tacit approval and are using it as an election ploy to polarise the situation.'

Former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah said, "People like Tathagata want Kashmir but without Kashmiris."

After being slammed for his comments, the Meghalaya Governor later said in a tweet, "Vociferously violent reactions from media and several others to my ECHOING OF a suggestion from a retired army colonel. A purely NON-VIOLENT REACTION to the killing of our soldiers by the hundreds and the driving out of 3.5 lakh Kashmiri Pandits."

His comments come in the wake of the February 14 terror attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed in south Kashmir's Pulwama district.

(With inputs from PTI)

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