As the NDA government indicated it wants governors appointed by the UPA government to step down, the Congress on Tuesday cried foul. Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad called the move a “political vendetta” while the party said the government should follow the 2010 order of the Supreme Court on governors in “letter and spirit.”
The Congress circulated the operative part of the 2010 verdict of SC in the B P Singhal vs Union of India case. The court had said “a governor cannot be removed on the ground that he is out of sync with the policies and ideologies of the Union government or the party in power at the Centre.”
Besides, it said “change in government at Centre is not a ground for removal of governors holding office to make way for others favoured by the new government”. AICC general secretary Ajay Maken said the government should follow that judgment in letter and spirit.
“We are asking the central government to follow constitutional appropriateness. The May 2010 Supreme Court order should be followed in true letter and spirit,” Maken told The Indian Express.