Shillong, Dec 17 (GCCurrentAffairs) Nagaland Governor R.N.Ravi was on Tuesday sworn in as the acting Governor of Meghalaya by Meghalaya High Court Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq at Raj Bhavan.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong and his council of ministers, senior government officials and defence officials were present when Ravi was administered the oath of office.
Soon after Ravi arrived at Raj Bhavan, Chief Minister called on Ravi and reportedly discussed on the prevailing situation following the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in both the Houses of parliament, which is now an Act after President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent last week and besides the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.
It is not known whether Ravi has given any assurance to the Chief Minister relating to the Ordinance. Moreover, Ravi also refused to speak to the media and flew back to Dimapur, Nagaland soon after taking oath.
Ravi was given the additional charge Tathagata Roy suddenly took leave for 15 days.
The sudden leave taken by Roy came after the opposition Congress demanded for his recall and criticism from various quarters following his controversial tweet asking those who do not want “divisive democracy to go to North Korea” in the wake of the ongoing protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.
However, official sources said that the central government has asked Roy to go on leave for damaging the ruling party’s position in Meghalaya and the country as a whole for his recent “offensive and also racist tweet”.
On Friday, Roy had tweeted: “A democracy is NECESSARILY DIVISIVE. If you do not want it go to North Korea.”
Moreover, there has been difference between the Governor Roy and the BJP-backed Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government over his refusal to give his assent to the Meghalaya Residents Safety and Security (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019.
The Ordinance, which was approved by the Meghalaya Cabinet on November 2, seeks registration of all non-residents, including tourists visiting the state.