LUCKNOW, Nov 23 - The chorus of condemnation of Governor PB Acharya�s controversial remarks grew louder today with the BSP and Nagaland�s Congress unit joining Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in demanding his immediate dismissal.
Hitting out at the Governor, controversial Samajwadi party leader Azam Khan said Muslims would prefer �Kabirstan� to Pakistan and suggested he go to Nepal, if he had any problem with them.
Acharya stoked a controversy on Saturday with his reported �Hindustan is for Hindus� remark and his attempt to clarify yesterday with a comment that Indian Muslims are �free to go to Pakistan,� further escalated the row. Acharya is Governor of Nagaland and holding additional charge of Assam.
Union Minister Kiren Rijiju sought to defend Acharya over his remarks, claiming he did not make any comments with religious overtones.
Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy also came to the defence of Acharya. �Much ado about nothing! A perfectly innocuous remark, historically correct and quite justified, taken out of context,� he said.
BSP chief Mayawati demanded that action be taken against Acharya as per the law. �He should be immediately dismissed and action initiated against him as per the rules.�
�It is most unbecoming for a person sitting on such a high post to issue a statement which is against the spirit of the Constitution ...It is unfortunate that the Centre has offered such high post to people associated with the RSS, having such distorted mentality,� she said in a statement released in Lucknow. � PTI