It’s political vendetta, says Congress as Modi government asks UPA-appointed Governors to go

In a statement, Ghulam Nabi Azad called the "move to remove the Governors of various states" as "dictatorial".

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:June 17, 2014 6:28 pm
In a statement, Ghulam Nabi Azad called the "move to remove the Governors of various states" as "dictatorial". In a statement, Ghulam Nabi Azad called the “move to remove the Governors of various states” as “dictatorial”.

The Congress on Tuesday slammed the government’s move to remove Governors appointed during the UPA tenure as “political vendetta” and said the “dictatorial” step would have “serious repercussions”.

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, reminded the government about the May 2010 judgement of the Supreme Court and said the Centre does not have the brief to remove the Governors “in arbitrary and capricious manner with the change of power”.

In a statement, Azad called the “move to remove the Governors of various states” as “dictatorial”.

He lamented that the NDA government, instead of fulfilling its electoral promises, was trying to divert the attention of the nation by indulging in “political vendetta”.

The former Union Minister described the idea as being “against the very grain of democratic traditions and constitutional propriety”.

If at all taken forward, the move will be “fraught with serious repercussions and have a debilitating impact on our constitutional democracy”, Azad said.

His statement came amid reports that the government has asked a number of Governors appointed during the UPA tenure to quit.

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    prakash gotimukul
    Jun 17, 2014 at 4:12 pm
    Appointment of Governor and the post is non political. So I dont understand why Azad is saying political vendetta. He is in a party where every thing is decided by a family. There he has no hesitation to continue, but actions of NDA are dicrial. I thought Azad is a sensible person. After defeat he has also joined people like diggis, iyers, tiwaris and sibals, not to mention chiddus and shindes................
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    Test Test
    Jun 17, 2014 at 2:42 pm
    Didnt you do the same thing in 2004
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    Oracle
    Jun 17, 2014 at 4:47 pm
    Okay and what about Congress which did the same thing when NDA lost the last election?
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    AMT
    Jun 17, 2014 at 4:53 pm
    Haa haa..... Look who is complaining!
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    Babu
    Jun 17, 2014 at 2:52 pm
    What did UPA did when it came to power after Vajpayee Govt? Openly asked all NDa Governors either to resign or get fired. What a moral is Mr Azad talking?
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    1Lionel
    Jun 17, 2014 at 3:28 pm
    Funny how the Congress thinks this dictatorial when they did exactly the same thing in 2004. The real dictator of course was Indira hi who not only removed governors but sacked CMs.
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    Bharatvasi
    Jun 18, 2014 at 1:29 am
    When congress did it , it was legal. If others follow the tradition it is illegal. Can Congress tell the nation how was a looser in her embly election( rejected by her own consuency), get appointed as Governor , besides having been blamed for CW games fiasco. Do we have any yard stick to occupy high public offices or only loyalty to the family. rember even privy purses were too abolished long time back , lets not have family not so royal dictate who should hold high offices . Let Mr Modi do his work.
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    Krishnan
    Jun 17, 2014 at 4:32 pm
    The Governors should have resigned voluntarily soon after the Election results were declared & the new government had taken over. being political appointees of UPA regime , decency would have demanded of them to have sent in their resignations as had been done by other major bodies like the Planning Commission/ Economic Advisory Council etc.There is no point in crying foul when being called up on to step down.A new regime can certainly not retain confidence in the Loyalists of a previous regime.
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