Agartala: On Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s birth anniversary, Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy said had Patel been made the Prime Minister of India, there would have been no Kashmir problem.
“How one wishes Gandhiji anointed Sardar Vallabhbhai as the first Prime Minister of India! There would have been no Kashmir problem,” the Tripura governor tweeted.
In a series of tweets on Sardar Patel’s birth 142nd birth anniversary, Tathagata Roy said it is a day to take a pledge in the name of the “Mahapurush who welded India into a single country”, and not for “stupid petulance over petty issues”. The Tripura governor said he administered the oath of unity and flagged off the ‘Run for Unity’ at Vivekananda Maidan in Agartala.
In Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the Run for Unity marathon to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel, often called as the Iron Man of India. The Prime Minister, accusing the previous governments of ignoring Patel’s legacy, said that “people earlier tried their best to ensure that the contribution of Sardar Patel was forgotten and diminished”.
GOVERNOR’s BRUSH WITH CONTROVERSY
The Tripura governor, however, is no stranger to making controversial statements. Following the Supreme Court’s temporary ban on sale of firecrackers in Delhi-NCR during Diwali, Tathagata Roy said that soon the award wapsi brigade can get Hindu cremation banned.
“First Dahi Handi, today firecrackers, tomorrow the award wapsi brigade and those holding candlelight vigils may file a litigation against cremation rites of Hindus on the grounds of causing air pollution,” the Tripura governor tweeted.
The Tripura governor was caught in the storm’s eye when he called Rohingya refugees “garbage”. “No Islamic country nor Bangladesh accepts Rohingias. But India, great Dharamshala, must. And if u say no, you’re inhuman!” Roy had tweeted, adding that he was being trolled by “Islamists and stooges” for having said that India shouldn’t accept “Rohingiya garbage”.