Kerala governor Sheila Dikshit resigned Tuesday, bringing to an end a guessing game that began soon after the NDA government took charge. The former chief minister of Delhi became the eighth governor appointed by the UPA to quit since the change of guard at the Centre.
Dikshit, who reached Delhi Sunday amid speculation of her resignation, remained reticent. “I have resigned, I did it yesterday and I don’t want to comment further. I have followed my heart and I didn’t do it under any pressure,” she said.
On Monday, Dikshit met President Pranab Mukherjee and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Although the Congress accused the NDA government of “insulting” and “humiliating” governors, Dikshit said she wasn’t in a position to comment on the issue. “My resignation hasn’t been accepted yet… I will explain in detail later,” she said.
She also declined comment on returning to active politics. “I can’t comment on this now,” she said.
The President’s Secretariat has sent her resignation to the Home Ministry for necessary action, official sources said.
The sources claimed if she had not resigned, she could have been dismissed and the government could have pointed to a CBI probe into the Delhi Jal Board of which Dikshit was the chairperson for 15 years. The agency registered a case against three officials of the DJB and a Nagpur-based private firm for alleged irregularities in awarding a Rs 520-crore contract pertaining to the water distribution system.
Six UPA-appointed governors — K Sankaranarayanan (Maharashtra), M K Narayanan (West Bengal), Ashwani Kumar (Nagaland), B L Joshi (UP), B V Wanchoo (Goa) and Shekhar Dutt (Chhattisgarh), have already resigned after being asked by the NDA government. Mizoram governor V Purushothaman had resigned after he was transferred to Nagaland in July.
Dikshit, who served as Delhi CM from 1998 to 2013, was appointed Kerala governor in March, a night before the model code of conduct came into force for the Lok Sabha polls.