Shunted out to Mizoram, Maharashtra Governor resigns: ‘have right not to go’

Another Congress appointee, K Sankaranarayanan, resigns after being transferred to Mizoram.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: August 25, 2014 7:48 am
According to sources, Sankaranarayanan decided to resign almost immediately after Rashtrapati Bhawan issued the communique regarding his transfer post-midnight Saturday.   Source: AP photo  According to sources, Sankaranarayanan decided to resign almost immediately after Rashtrapati Bhawan issued the communique regarding his transfer post-midnight Saturday. Source: AP photo

Hours after he was transferred to Mizoram, Maharashtra Governor K Sankaranarayanan resigned on Sunday. He said the government has the “right” to transfer a Governor, while he has the right to decide “not to go”.

“The government has every right… the President of India has the right to transfer a Governor. There is nothing wrong in it. I am not questioning that right,” he told The Indian Express. “They have the right to transfer and I have the right not to go. So I have resigned,” he said.

“It is for you to decide whether it is a case of political vendetta or anything else. I don’t have any opinion. The people will have to decide. The media too has 100 per cent right to analyse all these things,” he said.

According to sources, Sankaranarayanan decided to resign almost immediately after Rashtrapati Bhawan issued the communique regarding his transfer post-midnight Saturday. However, he waited for the official presidential notification to reach Raj Bhawan.

“I am not interested in going to Mizoram. I have resigned, and shall now return to politics,” said the veteran 82-year-old Congress leader from Kerala. His tenure was set to end in 2017.

The Mizoram Governor’s post fell vacant after the Centre earlier sacked another Congress appointee, Kamla Beniwal, who shared an uneasy relationship with Modi during her previous stint as Gujarat Governor.

While he said he does not plan to challenge the transfer, Sankaranarayanan said he saw nothing wrong in Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi’s decision to approach the Supreme Court. “It is his fundamental right to go to the court,” he said.

Sankaranarayanan moved out of Raj Bhawan on Sunday evening, and is expected to head to Kerala on Monday.

Admitting that he felt hurt, he said, “Even politicians from the BJP and Shiv Sena know that I never let politics come in the way of exercising and upholding constitutional powers vested in me as Governor.”

He said he would speak further on the reasons behind his transfer and his decision to quit on Monday. “I am a common man now,” he remarked.

Sankaranarayanan was among the first batch of Congress-appointed Governors who were asked to quit after the Modi government took over. In June this year, he admitted that he had received two phone calls from Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami asking him to resign. But he had dug in his heels, mantaining that he would only consider quitting if asked by an “appropriate authority”.

While Gujarat Governor Om Prakash Kohli took additional charge as Maharashtra Governor on Sunday evening, sources said veteran BJP leaders Kalyan Singh, V K Malhotra, and Kailash Joshi were in the race for the post.

The abrupt transfer led to a political slugfest with the ruling Congress-NCP combine in Maharashtra targeting the BJP-led government at the Centre. While mantaining that the Centre had the power to replace Governors, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said, “What was not happening earlier is taking place now. We are worried about the kind of days that lie ahead of us.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said he was always mantained that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has dictatorial tendencies.

State PCC chief Manikrao Thakre said Sankaranarayanan’s transfer was a case political vendetta. “Everybody knows that he never used the post to settle political scores. Yet, just before the assembly elections, he is transferred. This is nothing but an insult,” he said.

Countering these charges, state BJP president Devendra Fadnavis said the Congress-NCP combine was “politicising an administrative decision.”

Barring a row that erupted following his decision to refuse sanction to CBI to prosecute former Maharashtra Chief Minister

Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh housing society case, Sankaranarayanan’s tenure in Maharashtra remained non-controversial.

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    Ramesh
    Aug 25, 2014 at 6:20 am
    Why such words?
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      Lochan
      Aug 25, 2014 at 3:52 am
      Good decision by the Center, A Guv, who allowed corruption to free flow in the Universities in Maharashtra was required to be thrown out. His resignation was not a Virtue, but an inquiry against him was pending In the Universities Scam and he was likely to meet the Kamala Beniwal fate, therefore resigned. Good riddance.
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        Sreenivas
        Aug 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm
        These so called "governors" are power hungry and doing nothing for the country !
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          A n
          Aug 25, 2014 at 2:29 am
          Who else from old regime are left ,now?They must make up their mind fast or quit the office like Beniwal and shankarnarayanan.The Parliamentary democracy system has its nuances and once the new Govt. Takes office,people in ornamental office like Governer,who hold office at the pleasure of the President MUST quit gracefully,even if they are renamed later.But quitting this way is quite disgraceful .Everyone knows that they were picked by UPA govt.and enjo their tenure,some even pla politics.This has come to restore the dignity of the office of Governer.or else abolish .The role and accountability of the office also needs to be redefined in the larger interests of the public
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            Venk
            Aug 24, 2014 at 9:18 pm
            Do Indian States need a Governor - a post created by the British Raj to represent the British Monarch and Viceroy - a largely ceremonial role and an unelected position.
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              Gopal Gopal
              Aug 26, 2014 at 2:59 pm
              That is not the consutional position. The political cl has changed all that and that is the reason why governors have become pkaythings in their hands..like many things in our country governorship has lost its sancy and it is better that this position is abolished.
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                Gopal Gopal
                Aug 24, 2014 at 5:54 pm
                There goes another. Right or wrong it smacks of vendetta !
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                  C
                  Aug 25, 2014 at 10:15 am
                  There has to be a selection process for the Governors so that politicians who lose election or not wanted in the party, were not appointed as Governors. Or like the president, the Governors also could be elected by an electoral college. A Governor once appointed should remain for the full tenure.
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                    Kolsat
                    Aug 24, 2014 at 11:17 pm
                    This man is not interested in serving people because if he was then he would not have resigned because he was posted to Mizoram. I have no respect for hacks like him. Good riddance.
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                      gargsk
                      Aug 24, 2014 at 5:17 pm
                      All Congi leaders need to be sent to Andeman and Nicobar for belittling freedom fighters like Savarkar. Govt must create 2 Governor post there. People like Shiela Dixit need to be sent there.
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                        Kuldeep Saxena
                        Aug 24, 2014 at 6:02 pm
                        No Governor, actually the moment Modi Government came in all the Governor should hav tendered their resignations it would have been graceful,now asked to go is not only disgraceful but just tells how the people cling and continues to cling until they are shunted out. It is clear we entered the world with fan fare but when we go it is quiet painful.
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                          kris kumar
                          Aug 24, 2014 at 8:48 pm
                          Congress did worst than that when they took over BJP. Congress just sacked all BJP governors and installed Congressi loyal to Italian waitress. At least this Congressi had the option to go to Mizoram. This greedy governors at 82 wants luxury life at tax payers expense and wants to work in a place to his liking. Well got ridden and no sympathy. I do not know why don't these oldies retire and do some charity work.
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                            kris kumar
                            Aug 24, 2014 at 8:42 pm
                            This is one way to get rid of hot headed Congree governors who refused to go when asked nicely. This fellow is Congressi to full and not independent in his behaviour. He plays to Italian barmaid tune and is ready to protect Congress criminals.Now is Qurashi turned who refused to go and decided to go to court. This greedy Congressi should be brought to his knees and shifted to Mizoram or somewhere else.
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                              Laxmanan Mohandoss
                              Aug 25, 2014 at 12:03 am
                              all governments appoint governors on the basis ot their relationship with the rulling party,it goes without saying as soon as new government is formed they should resign without any hesitation.
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                                Guest
                                Aug 25, 2014 at 2:10 am
                                Please follow your "rights" or "rites", do not quit.
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                                  Sudhir Mehta
                                  Aug 24, 2014 at 5:02 pm
                                  This Maharastra Governor wanted to enjoy the Mumbai's luxurious life offeref by UPA's corrupt government. He does not want to serve people living in Remote area. It was good riddance. of this governor.
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                                    NK
                                    Aug 24, 2014 at 9:46 pm
                                    82 yrs old and still wnat to come back to active politix.. lage raho.. Jeeyo puttar.. aakhari damma tak desh ko lootna hai ..
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                                      Shashwat Jain
                                      Aug 24, 2014 at 5:57 pm
                                      I would like to know what are the qualifications for becoming a Governor ? Everybody knows that Governors are not elected but appointed. There is no provision of any Selection Committee for selection of Governor as in the case of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Chief Vigilance Commissioner ( CVC).
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                                        Rahimuttalah Khan
                                        Aug 25, 2014 at 2:11 am
                                        Sankaranarayanan, you had right to leave the post when BJP was elected with thumping majority. But greedy person like you who suck blood of samanya aadmi never thinks of anything but his own pocket. Pratibha Patil, Kamala Beniwal and you are nothing but cheats and looters.
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                                          Raj Menon
                                          Aug 25, 2014 at 2:32 pm
                                          More than anything else what hurts an Indian is - why theses Indians are not willing to go to a north-eastern state? This guy is not the first one to refuse to go there. Aren't the people there citizens of the Union of India? If the politician's mission is to serve the people he/she should be ready to be anywhere. By refusing to go to Mizoram these pensioners have not only ridiculed the people of Mizoram but also insulted the people in the w of the north-east. This unacceptable tendency can be exploited by the hardcore separatists in the north-east to turn the people against the Union of India. Do all these pensioners want to live only in the Raj Bhavans of the four metros? The centre also should note that the land of Seven Sisters is not a dumping ground for people 'undesirable' to it. The Centre's action is equally condemnable. Jai Hind!
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                                            Ravi Ranjan
                                            Aug 25, 2014 at 2:43 am
                                            Why say shunted out?Is Mizoram a bad place Such words create an impression that NE states are unfit for the"elite Indian"At least responsible newspapers should not use such an expression.The appropriate word was "transfer"
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