Assam Governor P B Acharya on Monday took strong exception to the state Congress chief’s statement alleging delay of ratification of the appointment North Cacher Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC) chief executive member and said he always acted in a neutral manner.

"The Raj Bhawan takes exception to the stated views of the state Congress President and clarifies that the Hon’ble Governor has always acted in a neutral manner befitting the position held by him," a Raj Bhawan release said.

A news item in a section of the media recently stated that the state Congress President Anjan Dutta has criticised the Governor for allegedly delaying the ratification of the appointment of NCHAC’s Chief Executive Member.

"If Dita has indeed made such statements, they are nothing but baseless aspersions cast on the Governor who holds the highest office in the state," the release said.

"A false and baseless accusation to even think that the Governor has acted in any manner which is tantamount to showing any favour to anybody," it said.

"The Governor has as always acted in a neutral manner within the powers bestowed upon him as per the 6th Schedule of the Constitution and has not shown any favour to anybody or hindered anybody’s interests," it said.