The list of governors who are going to resign is swelling up fast. At the last count, at least 10 governors are expected to put in their papers by July 7, the day the parliament sessions begins, giving the BJP much needed manoeuvrability to place their governors strategically.
The list that is expected to be finalised by June 30 and sent to president Pranab Mukherjee along with the governors who would replace them by July 1 so that the governors could be in place before the start of the parliament session.
The list in addition to the two governors – BL Joshi of UP and Shekhar Dutt of Chhattisgarh – who have already resigned, is expected to include governors of Uttarakhand (with additional charge of UP), Aziz Qureshi, Goa’s BV Wanchoo, Rajasthan’s Margaret Alva, Nagaland’s Ashwani Kumar and West Bengal’s MK Narayanan, said sources.Sources said that BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh Lalji Tandon who had to leave his Lucknow Lok Sabha seat on party’s order for Rajnath Singh is expected to be appointed as Uttarakhand governor.
Governors for other states will be chosen from the long list of probables such as Kailash Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Balram Das Tandon, Kesri Nath Tripathi, Yashwant Sinha, Jaswant Singh and V K Malhotra.
Besides, tenure of – HR Bhardwaj of Karnataka and Devanand Konwar of Tripura – is ending on June 28. The other names in the list could include Jagannath Pahadia of Haryana, Ram Naresh Yadav of Madhya Pradesh and K Sankaranarayanan of Maharashtra.
Both Goa governor BV Wanchoo and Haryana governor Jagannath Pahadia met the Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.
Sources said, meanwhile, the government is facing challenge of appointing caretaker governors as UP and Chhattisgarh governors have resigned and their work is being looked after by governors of Uttarakhand (Aziz Qureshi) and Madhya Pradesh (Ram Naresh) respectively.