GUWAHATI, July 4 � The Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) yesterday urged Governor PB Acharya to remain above politics and controversy.
APCC vice president Ripun Bora said that a delegation of the APCC which met the Governor at the Raj Bhawan here on Friday, on the latter�s invitation, also urged the Governor to take up the issues concerning deprivation of Rupsikha Saikia Bora from the post of the CMD of Oil India Ltd (OIL), the special category State status of Assam, the 90:10 funding pattern of the Centrally-sponsored schemes etc., with the Central Government.
The Governor, who invited the APCC delegation to sort out the differences that had cropped up between him and the State Congress on several issues, asked the APCC delegation to submit a written request to him on these issues, Bora said.
The issue of the Governor describing the Congress at a Silchar meeting recently as the �worst looter of the country, surpassing even the Mughals and the Britishers in this respect�, also came up for discussion. The Governor denied making any such derogatory remarks. But the Congress delegation claimed that there was video footage and newspaper reports to substantiate the charge. Moreover, the Raj Bhawan did not deny such reports.
It is expected from the reactions of the Governor to the Congress� assertion yesterday that he would restrain himself in the days to come from making such comments, Bora said.
On the APCC charge that he had nominated some RSS persons and outsiders to the Dibrugarh University court, the Governor said that he had not violated any legal provisions by nominating some outsiders in this respect.
But the Congress delegation pointed out to the fact that the nominees were not distinguished persons. When the Governor tried to justify his nomination of some people from some NE States by saying that he was trying to promote tribal people, the APCC delegation told him that he could have elevated some tribal people of the State, who are known to be distinguished persons, Bora said.
On the issue of his maintaining a link with the RSS, the Governor said that RSS is not a banned organisation and there is no harm in being an RSS member or a sympathiser. But the APCC delegation confronted him with the arguments that in the public perception, RSS is a communal organisation and one of its members, Nathu Ram Godse gunned down the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi.
However, the Raj Bhawan version of the meeting is not known, as, there was no statement issued by the Raj Bhawan on Friday�s meeting between the Governor and the APCC delegation.