Media Misquoted My Report: JP Rajkhowa, Arunachal Pradesh.
Itanagar / Guwahati, Assam [Feb 2016]
Governor JP Rajkhowa today denied a news report alleging him of citing
'cow slaughter' as one of the reasons for breakdown in law and order
in his recommendation letter to the Centre for promulgation of President's
Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, saying he was misquoted.
"I never mentioned cow slaughter but mithun (bison) slaughter in my report. Media has misquoted it. Even Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has clarified the matter," he said.
To another allegation that he had used Raj Bhawan as the headquarters of BJP and RSS, the Governor said that he works under the ambit of the Constitution and is an "apolitical" person without any inclination to any political party.
Stating that Central rule in the State is for a temporary period, Rajkhowa disclosed that the assembly was not dissolved but put under suspended animation which can be withdrawn at any point of time by the President if the situation becomes normal.
"Sooner or later, a democratically elected government will be there. However, until then law and order has to be maintained effectively at all cost. We also have to ensure good governance and contain the menace of corruption," he said.
Rajkhowa also said that everybody including him will have to abide by the verdict of the apex court.
"Whatever verdict the court pronounces, everybody including me has to abide by it," he said adding, "There should be a stable government in the state but not like the one for the past several months."
Rajkhowa also said that the law and order situation in Arunachal Pradesh is under control and providing security to the people is his topmost priority.
"Rule of the law will prevail in the State and strict instructions have been issued to the law enforcing agencies not to harass people in the name of checking and frisking," Rajkhowa told reporters at Raj Bhawan here.
When his attention was drawn to harassment meted out to media personnel on duty by security forces, the governor directed DGP S Nithiyanandam to issue special passes for working journalists in the State capital.
by VOA team/Correspondence