Even as there are talks that West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan is among those told to step down, the latter did not reveal his mind Wednesday when questioned about his take on the reported move of UPA-appointed Governors by the new NDA regime.
“It is for the central government to decide. I cannot comment on that,” he said after watching a musical programme at Ballygunj in south Kolkata, Earlier, while he was entering the auditorium, he said: “I have not yet resigned. I will let you know when I do that.’’
The Mamata Banerjee government, which had once put the Governor in the dock for taking an anti-government stand, stood by the Governor, saying his removal without consulting the state government was against constitutional norms.
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“It is unconstitutional to change governors without consulting the state government,’’ said urban development minister Firhad Hakim late last evening. On Wednesday, panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee said: “It is unfortunate that governors are being changed for narrow political gains and we condemn it.”
Mukerjee even suggested that the post of governor be abolished. “Raj Bhavans should be converted to museums. Governors are white elephants; they are not elected. Why should we keep them at the expense of tax payers?’’ Mujherjee asked.
Mukherjee found support from unusual quarters. Biman Bose, CPIM state secretary and a member of the party politburo, said: “Governors should not be selected. They should be elected.” Both Congress and BJP crossed swords on the issue. WBPCC president Adhir Ranjan Choudhury said: “PM Narendra Modi had said he would not disturb the opposition and now he is changing governors.”
The BJP contradicted him. “It is in keeping with democratic norms that governors resign after a regime change,’’ said Siddharth Nath Singh, BJP general secretary and in-charge of West Bengal.