GUWAHATI, Nov 28 - The BJP today defended acting Assam Governor PB Acharya�s controversial statement that �Hindustan is for Hindus� and hinted that he would not be removed from the State as of now.
�The Governor�s statement is being misinterpreted. The State Government under Tarun Gogoi is misleading the people regarding his (Acharya�s) statement,� BJP general secretary Ram Madhav said at a press conference here.
�The Tarun Gogoi Government does not have any issue to talk about, so they are trying to mislead people with a non-issue,� he added.
Asked if the Centre will concede to the State Government�s demand of removing Acharya and appoint a permanent Governor, Madhav indicated that it is unlikely at this moment.
�People always demand many things. They say he must be removed or she must be removed. Is it done in that way?� the BJP leader said.
On November 21, Acharya stoked a controversy with his �Hindustan is for Hindus� remark. While clarifying it the next day, he commented that Indian Muslims are �free to go to Pakistan,� escalating the row and sparking a demand for his removal by Gogoi and others. � PTI