Undert pressure from the NDA government, West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan resigned Monday, months ahead of his scheduled departure in January next year.
Narayanan thus became the fourth Governor to put in his papers since the NDA government asked some of them appointed during UPA rule to quit. Eighty-year-old Narayanan was recently questioned by the CBI as a “witness” in the Rs 3,600-crore AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal probe.
The Governor’s resignation, though expected, caught Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee off-guard. “The Governor was supposed to put in his papers on July 2 and leave Raj Bhavan on July 4. But if he submits his resignation today…I don’t know,” Mamata said.
The next appointment to West Bengal Raj Bhavan is expected to be a political person, according to the BJP sources. Some of the names doing the rounds are those of former UP minister Kesri Nath Tripathy, former Delhi BJP president V K Malhotra and former UP chief minister Kalyan Singh.