Defending the NDA government, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Friday said the government is not pressurising anybody to quit from their posts. "The NDA Government is not pressurising anyone," said Hussain. "It is right that the government has changed at the Centre. The Congress has forgotten the treatment meted out to the governors appointed by the NDA Government. But our government is not indulging in this kind of practice," he added.
He also said that people who have already quit from their posts, have taken this decision on their own.
Further attacking the Congress, Hussain said, "Some people are making statements from Congress' side and are all the party ministers, and on the other hand they claim that they are sitting on constitutional position."
Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi and Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt have already quit from their posts. Pressure is being mounted on Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit, Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj to follow the line. Apart from the governors, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) vice chairman M Shashidhar Reddy has also quit.
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NDA violating constitution bench judgement on governor's issue: Manish Tewari
Former union minister and Congress Party leader Manish Tewari, on Friday said the NDA Government is pursuing a policy of changing UPA-appointed governors and heads of statutory corporations, which is a violation of an order passed by a Constitution bench of the Supreme Court. "On the governors issue, the matter is absolutely explicit. There is a clear constitution bench judgement. A judgement delivered on the PIL filed by a member of the BJP, Mr.B P Singhal, whereby the court has said that you cannot remove Governors merely because they are politically inconvenient to the dispensation in office at the centre. Therefore, it is for the BJP and the NDA government to decide are they going to violate the spirit of the constitution bench judgement. If they do decide to do so, as to how democratic it is, now they have extended this further by ostensibly asking statutory corporations to step down, this is nothing else except politically motivated," Tewari told. Read more