Facing criticism for visiting an RSS shakha and tweeting about it earlier this week, Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy said on Saturday that he had done “nothing wrong” and “other Governors also visit RSS shakhas”. “I believe other Governors also visit RSS shakhas. Just that they do not tweet about it, so nobody comes to know. Being a committed swayamsevak, I have done nothing wrong,” Roy told The Sunday.
Roy, who visited a shakha on April 7, had tweeted: “Today is Varsha Pratipada Utsav of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. Attended own shakha first time afr (after) becoming Guv (Governor), delivered Boudhik. Felt good.” The tweet triggered some reactions questioning the propriety of the move. “I consider RSS as a social welfare organisation, and I am committed to it,” said Roy.
In the past, Roy’s tweets on controversial issues including Yakub Memon’s funeral, Pakistan ghazal singer Ghulam Ali’s performance in India and the Pathankot attack have often drawn criticism. He admitted today that he had to “backtrack” after he was asked to do so by “some quarters”. Sources in the BJP said the party’s top leadership had advised Roy to “slow down on his aggressive tweets”. “I drew criticism from some quarters, I am not saying from where, that it is not a done thing for a Governor. So I stayed away,” said Roy, who calls himself a “proud bhakt and swayamsevak” on his Twitter profile. “Intelligence shd (should) keep a tab on all, expt (except) relatives & close friends, who assembled bfr (before) Yakub Memon’s corpse. Many are potential terrorists,” Roy had tweeted on Yakub Memon’s funeral. Defending his tweets, he said: “Personally, I don’t find anything wrong in it. I was not indulging in any politics… But when I was told it’s not a done thing for a Governor, I backtracked.” In January, Roy told The Indian Express that there is no rule or law that stops a Governor from expressing his views on issues of state security.