Amid opposition charge of political vendetta in sacking of Mizoram Governor Kamla Beniwal, the Narendra Modi government on Thursday clarified that the action was taken within the constitutional framework and that there was no politics behind the move.
Responding to Congress allegation of political vendetta behind the move, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu insisted that there is “no politics” behind the decision.
“There are serious allegations against sacked Kamla Beniwal. Government has taken note of that and taken action. There is no politics behind it,” he said.
Beniwal, who had a running battle with then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during her term as Gujarat Governor, was sacked on Wednesday, just two months before her tenure was due to end.
The development came just a month after Beniwal, 87, was transferred from Gujarat to Mizoram.
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He further said that the move was not violative of Supreme Court verdict. “The decision was taken within the rules and the
constitutional framework,” he maintained.
Pressed further, the minister said, “There are serious allegations. Government has taken note of them and taken action.”
He said the President has decided over it after applying his mind thoroughly on it and such decisions are “privilege” of the government.
Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad said the move was in accordance with Constitutional principles.
“…the decision to remove Kamla Beniwal, the Governor is in accordance with Constitutional principles and conventions with the due approval of the President of India,” Prasad told reporters outside Parliament.
He said that if the government has to say anything more, it will be done on the floor of Parliament.
Reacting to the move, Congress general secretary and Communication Department Chairman Ajay Maken tweeted, “If Governor Kamla Beniwal was to be removed, why was she transferred to Mizoram only a few days back? #Vendetta Politics.”
Naidu accused the Congress of doing politics over the issue.
“Congress is trying to derive political mileage out of it,” the minister said.
The sacking order brought to an end the gubernatorial tenure of the 87-year-old Congress leader from Rajasthan who battled with the Modi government over the appointment of Lokayukta and some legislations during her tenure in Gujarat.
After Gujarat Raj Bhawan records were made public last week, it was reported that Beniwal used the state aircraft 63 times, mostly for trips to her home state of Rajasthan. It is learnt that the Ministry of Home Affairs wrote to the President, citing these reports as a compelling reason for removing Beniwal.
Last year, Beniwal and the Modi government had another showdown when she returned the Gujarat Lokayukta Commission Bill 2013.
(With PTI inputs)