Gujarat governor who took on Modi govt shunted out

Governor of Gujarat, Beniwal, was transferred and appointed as Governor of Mizoram for the remainder of her term.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 7, 2014 2:48 am
modi Former Gujarat Governor Beniwal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Source: IE archive)

In another signal to politicians appointed governors by the previous UPA government, Gujarat governor Kamla Beniwal was transferred to Mizoram for the remainder of her term.

Beniwal had been involved in a long tussle with the Gujarat government then led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the appointment of Lokayukta in the state and the matter had gone to court. The 89-year-old Beniwal, whose tenure ends in November, also sat over legislations passed by the state Assembly, one of which provided for 50 per cent reservation for women in local bodies.

Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva will discharge the functions of the governor of Gujarat alongside her duties for now. Alva’s term ends in a month.

Vakkom Purushothaman, the current governor of Mizoram, has been transferred to Nagaland. He will continue to hold additional charge as governor of Tripura.

The Modi government at the Centre had earlier sent feelers to all governors appointed by the UPA regime that they should step down to make way for new appointments. While former bureaucrats like M K Narayanan (West Bengal), Ashwani Kumar (Nagaland), B L Joshi (Uttar Pradesh), Shekhar Dutt (Chhattisgarh) and B V Wanchoo (Goa) have already stepped down, H R Bhardwaj (Karnataka) and Devanand Konwar (Tripura) were allowed to stay in the post till their tenure ended last month.

The political appointees to the post though have dug in their heels. Those who have refused to toe the Centre’s line include K Sankaranarayanan (Maharashtra), Sheila Dikshit (Kerala), Jaganath Pahadia (Haryana) and Shivraj Patil (Punjab).

 

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  1. R
    roger
    Jul 7, 2014 at 2:53 am
    did she "take on" or was she an obstructionist towards the functioning of the Gujarat government? Was she not an instrument of the UPA to needle the state government? Did she even qualify to undertake her oath of office to carry out her duties without prejudice and bias and to uphold the office of the Governor and the consution of the Republic?
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      sacchadesi
      Jul 6, 2014 at 11:16 pm
      Modji didn't leave Advani, what makes one think he will leave a hian from another party? He remembered his mother when it became convenient so cannot expect too much, can we?
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