UPA-appointed Governors on the way out

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June 17, 2014

U.P. Governor B.L. Joshi resigns a day after Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami calls up at least five Governors including K. Sankaranarayanan and M.K. Narayanan

June 17, 2014

U.P. Governor B.L. Joshi resigns a day after Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami calls up at least five Governors including K. Sankaranarayanan and M.K. Narayanan

In this June 4, 2014 photo B.L. Joshi, who has resigned as Uttar Pradesh Governor, meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. Mr. Joshi's resignation comes amid reports that the Centre had told Governors appointed during the previous regime to go.

Uttar Pradesh Governor B.L. Joshi resigned on Tuesday after a nudge from the Centre to some Governors appointed by the previous UPA government to quit.

His resignation has been received, Home Ministry sources told PTI.

The tenure of Mr. Joshi had expired a few months ago and he was sworn in again for another term.

But his resignation came a day after Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami called up at least five Governors including K. Sankaranarayanan of Maharashtra to put in their papers in the wake of change of government.

Though nothing has been officially disclosed, it is understood that other Governors who have been told to quit may include M.K. Narayanan (West Bengal) and Kamla Beniwal (Gujarat).

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reportedly commented that if he were in their place he would have quit.

Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit, a former Delhi Chief Minister said she cannot comment on media reports.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva met Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was described as a courtesy call. She is also scheduled to call on the President Pranab Mukherjee.

Ms. Alva, who completes her five year term in August, is understood to have not been sounded out yet.

Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardawaj, who like Ms. Beniwal did not share a good rapport with the BJP government in the State, also called on the President on Tuesday.

Assam Governor, J.B. Patnaik, who also met the President told reporters that he has not resigned. “If there is a rumour (about his resignation), I cannot help,” he said.

Mr. Patnaik, a former Congress Chief Minister of Odisha, said meeting the President, who is his friend, did not mean that he was resigning.


Courtesy: PTI