Taking a dig at its ally BJP for appointing only saffron leaders as Governors recently, the Shiv Sena on Friday said it should also consider talented and committed people from its allies for the gubernatorial post. “As far as the issue of appointments of Governors is concerned, the situation in the BJP regime is no different from the Congress rule. Manipur and Punjab will soon go to polls, thus, the new appointees will have a chance of fulfilling their political duties,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana.’
It said that it was a well known fact that the Raj Bhavan became a “political den” in times of crisis, The state is then run as per the Governor’s desires and he would obey only his political masters, he said. “Looking at the list of Governors in the country today, it can be ascertained that all those who are at the fag end of their political careers are appointed for the gubernatorial post. The truth is that a ruling party can settle around 40 people by giving them a bungalow, car and other amenities entitled for the post of Governor and Lieutenant Governor,” it quipped.
The Sena said after the BJP came to power, all Governors appointed by the Centre were from the ruling party and none from its allies. “If political persons are to be appointed for the gubernatorial post, allies like the TDP, Akali Dal, Shiv Sena also have former MPs, former MLAs and former ministers who are ready to take up the responsibility. There should not be any problem in appointing some people from ally parties,” it said.
“There are many experienced and responsible people in alliance parties as well. But it does not seem that the government which is run by ‘280’ (member) party (the BJP), will listen to its allies,” the editorial added.