Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan on Sunday sent his resignation letter to President Pranab Mukherjee after he was transferred to Mizoram by the central government. According to PTI and other media sources, Sankaranarayanan said that "It is not possible for me to go to Mizoram. I have sent my resignation to the President today. From tomorrow onwards, I will be a free man."
Sankarnarayanan has pledged to return to active politics soon. He is a senior Congress leader. Sankaranarayanan refused to go into details of his reason behind resignation. He said that he is bound by Constitution.
Asked whether the move is part of political vendetta, he said, "That is up to you people to comment about it. Our press people are so shrewd, so capable, so intelligent." "I actually supported the Constitution," he said, adding, "We want the prestige and status of the governors in future also." "In a democratic set up, no government is permanent... no post is permanent, that will change. Democracy is bigger than anything, we are one of the biggest democratic countries in the world," he added.
He said as governors in various states, he never played any politics. "I was friendly with all political parties, friendly with the BJP also...Shiv Sena...all the political parties. Because I have no politics, because I am the governor," he said.
If Sankaranarayanan's resignation is accepted, he would become the sixth Governor, appointed by the previous UPA regime to step down after Narendra Modi's government assumed power. He was appointed as the Mizoram Governor after 87 years old Kamala Beniwal was sacked by the Union government earlier this month. Sankaranaranayan served as Governor of Maharashtra for four and a half years. He has been serving as Governor of Maharashtra since 22 January, 2010. He took oath as Governor of Maharashtra for a second time on May 7, 2012 after the President granted him a fresh term of five.
It is widely believed that Central government decided to transfer him to Mizoram to force him to resign. He along with few other governors got a call from Home Secretary Anil Goswami, who nudged them to resign after Narendra Modi government assumed power.
With agency inputs