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CPI's Atul Anjan against reported BJP move to use Article 356 to replace Governors

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 - 12:11pm IST | Agency: ANI

Communist Party of India (CPI) leader, Atul Anjan on Tuesday claimed that if the BJP-led NDA Government's move to replace six Governors becomes successful then, the next step of the Union Government would be to dismiss those state Government's using Article 356.

"Constitutional posts which are appointed by the President, were dismissed by the Janata Party Government, and Jan Sangh leaders like Nanaji Deshmukh had removed all Congress governments in the States. Now there is a similar debate. They are calling for removal of Governors which will be a violation of the President's order. If the Modi is successful in removing the Governors selectively, then the next step would to be impose dismiss those state Governments using Article 356," Anjan said.

According to television reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reported to be mulling over the idea of removing at least six Congress loyalist governors and replace them with BJP appointees.

Among the governors likely to be told to go are Sheila Dikshit in Kerala, K.Rosiah in Tamil Nadu, MK Narayan in West Bengal, Shivraj Patil in Punjab and Rajasthan, K Sankaranarayanan in Maharashtra and BL Joshi in Uttar Pradesh.

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