Purushothaman to quit: ‘Governors can’t be treated like clerks’

State government will hold a small farewell ceremony for Purushothaman at Lengpui Airport on Wednesday.

Written by Adam Halliday | Aizawl | Published: July 9, 2014 12:53 am

Breaking his silence over his transfer from Mizoram to Nagaland, Governor Vakkom B Purushothaman on Tuesday said Governors “cannot be treated like clerks” and that he plans to resign in protest on July 11.

“Governors must be given more importance. Theirs is a constitutional office. They cannot be treated like clerks, transferring them here and there. It is not fair to transfer them as they are doing now without their consent. If they had asked me to resign I would have not done so. But now they have transferred me, and without my consent. So as a mark of protest I will resign,” Purushothaman told The Indian Express.

Purushothaman, who took over as Mizoram Governor on September 2011, will be the first politician-turned-Governor to resign as all others who left office after the BJP came to power at the Centre are former bureaucrats. His resignation would mean both Nagaland and Tripura, which he currently holds additional charge of, would be without Governor for the time being.

The 86-year-old will send in his papers from his home state Kerala. He will go to Chennai for a medical check-up on Wednesday, and then proceed to Thiruvananthapuram, the city he hails from. He won’t be returning to Aizawl on July 18, as planned earlier.

Purushothaman’s exit from Mizoram will coincide with the arrival on Wednesday of Governor Kamla Beniwal, who has been shunted out of Gujarat where she had several tussles with the state government when Narendra Modi was the chief minister.
Beniwal will fly from Ahmedabad and is expected to land in Aizawl’s Lengpui Airport at 1 pm, half an hour after Purushothaman’s flight is scheduled for departure. The state government has tentatively scheduled 9 am Thursday for Beniwal’s swearing-in ceremony as Mizoram Governor. Her term ends in November.

The state government will hold a small farewell ceremony for Purushothaman at Lengpui Airport on Wednesday. Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla will miss the ongoing assembly session to attend the ceremony and also to welcome Beniwal, according to a CMO official.

When asked if he had any parting message for the people of Mizoram, Purushothaman said Mizos are “one of the most peace-loving people” and the most literate after the people of Kerala. “Like Kerala and other states with high-literacy rates, Mizoram too will face the problem of unemployment among educated youths, and Mizo youths too will need to explore the world in search of work,” he said.

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  1. E
    Jul 9, 2014 at 5:33 am
    How should the clerks be treated? Should they be kicked around? Clearly a medieval outlook. I am more important than you.
    1. T
      Jul 9, 2014 at 4:24 am
      Decades ago, governor's position was offered to non-political and people of renown in their own spheres. When the Congress began the practice of rewarding their faithful and old politicians, perhaps unwanted in other positions, with a brief to play politics. Many worthies did as for example in Gujarat, Karnataka to embarr the elected governments or to intrigue to replace them. Their present predicament is of their own making. They deserve to go.
      1. J
        Jul 9, 2014 at 7:28 am
        OK. Good advice to Mizo youths. I do not approve of his other comments
        1. K
          Jul 9, 2014 at 6:21 am
          At 86 years of age, he want to occupy governors post.I think its time to abolish governors: have been a post to park loyalists.
          1. P
            Paddy Singh
            Jul 9, 2014 at 6:40 am
            The Congress would have done it the same way. Governors would have been shifted as they were when the Congress came to power after defeating the BJP. When the selection of the President is like picking one out of a kiriyana shop, governors too can be compared to servile peons - no matter which party is in power
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