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Kalyan Singh refuses to be governor

Tuesday, 8 July 2014 - 7:30am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: dna

The BJP-led NDA government is all set to place their governors in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Goa and Tripura where there is a vacancy on account of resignations or end of tenures.

Sources said the list of six wannabe governors prepared by the BJP has been seen and approved by prime minister Narendra Modi and sent to the Union home ministry and now can be sent anytime to president Pranab Mukherjee for their appointment.

Among those who figure in the list are Kesrinath Tripathi, BD Tandon, Lalji Tandon, O Rajagopal and a BJP leader from the South. Former BJP chief minister of UP, Kalyan Singh whose name was also in the list of governors has, reportedly, refused to take up the job.

In the trade-off, Kalyan Singh wants his son Rajveer to be inducted in the Union cabinet, sources said, to which the BJP has more or less agreed to.

In place of Kalyan Singh the list may include BJP veteran VK Malhotra's name.

Close on the heels of Centre affecting the transfer of an ailing Gujarat governor to Mizoram, Kerala governor Sheila Dikshit met Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday, apparently, to seek her view on whether she should resign or remain steadfast.

Diskhit's name figures in the Shunglu committee's report on Commonwealth Games as a possible beneficiary, enough for the Centre to make things tough for her.

Though Centre cannot force governors to quit as a Supreme Court decision allows them (governors) to go for a judicial review if they contest their removal and petition to give valid reasons.

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