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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                    Bharat
                    Jun 17, 2014 at 4:14 pm
                    What a joke...Congress did the same thing in 2004.
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                      Diana Khan
                      Jun 17, 2014 at 3:53 pm
                      A poverty stricken and corrupt nation like india does not need fat et governors. What a criminal waste of money which the country can not afford.
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                        Girish
                        Jun 17, 2014 at 1:36 pm
                        A 'Governor' is not elected by the people. The post is mostly ceremonial.It's the hankering after the privileges and prestige that come with the office that keeps all these politicians so reluctant to demit office.
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                          Rangaesh Gadasalli
                          Jun 17, 2014 at 5:01 pm
                          These governors have given so much evidence that they are loyal to Sonia hi and congress party that ,the new govt has doubts about their loyalty to the new government elected by the people of the country. is it not a fact that some of these governors lost their elections, were facing serious corruption cases in courts and were made governors so that no courts can touch them? this is unconsutional also. If these governors have slightest amount of self respect, they should resign and go home. if they fight, refuse to resign and go to court, they are going against consution where president acts on the advice of the cabinet. this will be another proof that they are infact agents of the Congress.
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                            Sanjay
                            Jun 17, 2014 at 3:23 pm
                            Mr Prime Minister, people of India have given BJP under your leadership an unprecedented mandate for good governance. The reason for my writing this post is to let you know peoples wish that Sheila Dixit has to resign and there should be no political compulsion or convenience other than to make her resign so that she can face charges which she is trying to hoodwink under the garb of immunity. You have a majority in the house and hence there are no political compulsions and the law is quite clear on this. She has to go.I hope you will not undermine peoples faith in you.
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                              Kirit
                              Jun 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm
                              I supose that was not political vendetta when UPA did that in 2004?
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                                Swamy
                                Jun 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm
                                who gives any importance to congee's defence of persons like Shiela dixit appointed as governor with in weeks after she was defeated miserably in Delhi elections.Is she not an accused in CWG scam?Governor post has become a tool to put defeated/tainted politicians in an old age home called Raj bhavan! It is purely ornamental job and must be sped or given to non political figures.
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                                  K
                                  Jun 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm
                                  The Congress is only getting the taste of its own pudding cooked in 2004. When the appointments to the posts of Governors have from time immemorial have been made on "political" considerations or loyalty factors, the beneficiaries should not grudge if nudged to pack their baggages now or even in future by successive governments.
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                                    kris kumar
                                    Jun 17, 2014 at 6:17 pm
                                    I do not understand the reasons for corrupt Congress complaints. The voters have kicked Congress out and they still want to keep corrupt governors. Congress should know what Chacko did to NDA appointed governors when the regime changed. BJP should sack Congi governors instead of asking them politely to go. Congi deserves to be humiliated and the dirty tricks Sonia the Italian waitress pla deserved no sympathy.
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                                      Mango Chaiwala
                                      Jun 17, 2014 at 11:01 pm
                                      Make excuses, eh! What else left to say for the Italian National Congress (INC) Gulam???
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                                        Magadi Gopal
                                        Jun 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm
                                        Who cares about what the congress has to say. Perhaps they find their own medicine a bitter pill to swallow.
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                                          MG Nayak
                                          Jun 18, 2014 at 5:41 am
                                          What your party did was not apolitical vendetta in 2004,Mr, Azad.? You made Raj Bhavan a congress office.shame on you congress.
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                                            N.Ramanathan
                                            Jun 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm
                                            Yes, it is political. The Governors are stooges of Congress party. All excess material of Congress were nominated as Governors to trouble the opposition CMs on a daily basis. These Governors are not apolitical. So a political decision had to be taken. It is better these Governors go on their own.
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