GUWAHATI, Nov 23 - Continuing with his mudslinging with Governor PB Acharya, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today termed him as an �RSS Pracharak�, saying that appointment of irresponsible persons as Governors had disturbing implications for a State�s peace and integrity.
�The Governor�s statement on �Hindustan for Hindus� has exposed him and the Narendra Modi Government at the Centre. Irresponsible persons are being appointed as Governors, and the country runs the risk of getting disintegrated,� he said.
The Governor had clarified yesterday that his statement was totally misinterpreted and distorted out of context by the media. Gogoi, however, said that the clarification did not make much sense.
Reasoning that a sensitive and important State like Assam needed a permanent and responsible Governor, the Chief Minister said that the Centre was increasingly keeping the State Government in the dark about decisions having a bearing on the State�s well-being.
�The earlier BJP Government when AB Vajpayee was Prime Minister, we were consulted on important State-related issues, including appointment of Governor. This is no longer the case with the present BJP Government,� he said.
Gogoi was also critical of the Centre�s lapse in not inviting the Chief Minister to the Silchar-Guwahati BG railway service inauguration programme in Delhi on Saturday, saying that the BJP Government lacked even the basic courtesy to invite the head of the State Government to an event that concerns the State.
�It was due to our (the previous Congress-led UPA Government at the Centre) efforts that the BG project has now seen the light of the day. The role of the previous Government was not even mentioned,� he said.
Terming Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an expert in marketing, Gogoi said that the previous Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh was a top economist.
The Chief Minister also claimed that it was due to the State Government�s efforts that the porous Assam-Bangladesh border had been fenced, but for a stretch of 6.36 km of disputed area.
�The BJP had been in power earlier but what has it done to check infiltration? We are taking initiative to fence the border and improve border vigilance and management,� he claimed.