Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt has resigned from his post today. Dutt's resingation comes two days after Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi put in his papers on June 17, following controversy over central government's consideration to replace seven governors, who were appointed during Congress led UPA-II tenure, before their term comes to an end.
Home secretary asks K Sankaranarayanan to quit, Maharashtra's governor in no mood to oblige
Maharashtra's governor K Sankaranarayanan (82) is in a defiant mood. He told the media on Wednesday that Union home secretary Anil Goswami had called him twice last week asking him to step down. "I didn't reply anything to him. The governor's post is a constitutional one. He is a representative of the president of India. No responsible person has asked me anything in writing to relieve the post," he observed. Read more
BJP, Congress still at loggerheads over governors' resignation
Adding to the war of words regarding the issue of replacing six UPA-appointed governors, Bharatiya Janta Party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today slammed Congress party for politicising the issue. Naqvi added, "There shouldn't be any politics in the constitutional posts, there is a proper procedure involved in this kind of things, according to which steps are taken." Read more
No discussion on resignation with Rajnath Singh: Assam Governor JB Patnaik
Against the backdrop of the NDA government nudging some governors appointed by the previous UPA regime to demit office, Assam Governor JB Patnaik today dismissed talk of him resigning and said there was no discussion on the matter during his meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh. "How many times will I have to say that I am not resigning. There was no talk about my resignation. I have come to wish the new Home Minister," Patnaik told reporters after his 15-minute meeting with Singh here at North Block. Patnaik had yesterday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. There were rumours that Patnaik had resigned after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday. He, however, had shot down those rumours. Read more
Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi resigns
Uttar Pradesh's governor BL Joshi was the first to fall after talks of center government's decision to consider replacing seven governors, who were appointed during Congress led UPA-II tenure. Joshi, a former IPS officer and Congress loyalist, resigned today, even as speculations floated in the media over. Read more
On the other hand, Karnataka Governor HR Bharadwaj and Assam Governor JB Patnaik have refuted rumours of his resignation.
All this news is baseless: JB Patnaik (Governor of Assam) on reports of his resignation pic.twitter.com/RJ3Tk2FiUa
— ANI (@ANI_news) June 17, 2014
No1 asked me for it & I wont resign. Meeting Prez was a courtesy call: HR Bhardwaj (Governor of Karnataka) on reports of his resignation
— ANI (@ANI_news) June 17, 2014
Home Minister Rajnath Singh indicated the government's stand: "Had I been in their place, I would have resigned"
After Uttar Pradesh governor BL Joshi resigned today, rumours about BJP trying to oust governor's elected by UPA government are making the rounds. Rumours are strife that even Lt governor Najeeb Jung may have to resign after he failed to sort out the power cut problems in Delhi. In a rather stoic choice of words, BJP's Rajnath Singh commented on the issue by saying, "If I was in their place, I would have quit too." Read more
Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit today declined to comment on media reports that the Centre had sounded the Governors appointed by the previous UPA government to step down.
Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit today declined to comment on media reports that the Centre had sounded the Governors appointed by the previous UPA government to step down. "I can't react to rumours", Dikshit said on the sidelines of a function here when mediapersons drew her attention to reports in this regard. Read more
Governors serving without merit should quit themselves: Subramanian Swamy
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday said the six serving UPA-appointed governors should quit on their own, as their appointments were without merit. "These governors should have themselves quit. All of these people are appointed because they sat in Sonia Gandhi's durbar and propositioned her. There is no question of any of them coming in on merit," said Swamy. Read more
Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva, too, met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, fueling rumours of an untimely exit.
Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here amid reports that a number of Governors appointed by the previous UPA government may be asked to quit. "It was a courtesy call," a PMO statement said without giving any further details on the meeting Alva had with Modi at his residence. Read more
West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan is expected to resign tomorrow.
NDA government's move to replace governors politically motivated, says Congress
The opposition Congress party has termed the alleged move of the NDA-led government at the Centre to replace six UPA-appointed governors as politically motivated. Congress leader Shobha Oza said, "Governors and all commissions have a fixed tenure, and I believe that all governments must allow them to complete their tenure." Read more
Other governors who stand in the line of fire include Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit, Governor of Nagaland Ashwani Kumar, West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan, Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan, Lt governor Najeeb Jung and Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt.
Since the tenure of seven governors will get over by the end of this year and four more by January next year, the BJP still has a large room to accommodate several of its political leaders.
Governors whose terms are coming to a close
JB Patnaik Assam (Assam) – December 10, 2014
Dr D Y Patil (Bihar) – November 26, 2014
Dr Kamala (Gujarat) – October 14, 2014
Jagannath Pahadia (Haryana) July 26, 2014
HR Bhardwaj (Karnataka) June 28, 2014
Margaret Alva (Rajasthan) August 5, 2014
Devanand Konwar (Tripura) June 28, 2014