Former Mizoram Governor Vakkom B Purushothaman, who was transferred to Nagaland by the Narendra Modi Government, today submitted his resignation from the post. ‘I have submitted my resignation in protest against the manner in which I was transferred to another state without my consent,’ he told newspersons here. He said the resignation letter was forwarded to the office of the President and the Home Ministry. ‘I will remain active in the party, but there will be no more electoral politics,’ the veteran Congress leader said.
Mr Purushothaman reached his home state yesterday from Mizoram where Dr Kamla Beniwal was sworn in as the new Governor. Asked whether there was any direction from the NDA Government to resign, he said there was no such demand from the Centre. The post of Governor is a constitutional position and he is not supposed to have any political role, he said. When pointed out that Governors appointed by the previous government were asked to step down during the tenure of the UPA Government also, Mr Purushothaman said, whoever do it, it is not proper. Asked whether he had the approval of the Congress High Command to resign, Mr Purushothaman said he had sought the permission of the party before submitting the letter.
But I don’t know whether it is the common stand of the party in the case of other Governors appointed by the previous UPA Government, he added.
After the Modi Government came to power, West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan and Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi also resigned. They were among the 12 Governors appointed by the previous UPA Government whose resignation was being reportedly sought by the new government. In Kerala, the state unit of the BJP is demanding the resignation of Governor Sheila Dikshit as she faces corruption charges in connection with the 2010 Commonwealth Games scam. According to reports, the three time Delhi Chief Minister refused to step down despite pressure from the Centre. She is likely to be shifted to a small state.
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