UPA-appointed Governors B L Joshi and H R Bhardwaj resign; Rajasthan’s Margaret Alva meets Modi

According to reports, several UPA-appointed Governors have been asked by the Centre to put in their papers.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 17, 2014 2:56 pm
narendra-modi-med Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
After reports of the Narendra Modi government asking some UPA-appointed Governors to put in their papers, Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi and Karnataka’s H R Bhardwaj have tendered their resignations. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva, in a “courtesy meeting”, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
According to reports, UPA-appointed Governors who have six months or less in the expiry of their tenure are likely to stay while those who have more days in office have been asked to quit by the Centre.
Reports further said that the government is expected to ask President Pranab Mukherjee to ask for the resignation of the governors.
According to reports, Sheila Dikshit (Kerala), Margaret Alva (Rajasthan) and Kamla Beniwal (Gujarat), among others have been asked by the NDA government to put in their papers.
Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here amid reports that a number of Governors appointed by the previous UPA government may be asked to quit.
“It was a courtesy call,” a PMO statement said without giving any further details on the meeting Alva had with Modi at his residence. The meeting took place amid reports that a number of Governors appointed by the UPA government may be asked to quit.
Sources said Alva has sought a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee.
One of the governors has, reportedly, refused to put in papers, sparking speculations that the issue may be dragged to court.
The situation is similar to that of 2004 when the UPA government was challenged in the court for asking NDA-appointed governors to go. The Supreme Court had ruled that the governors could not be removed in an arbitrary manner.

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    Kolsat
    Jun 17, 2014 at 12:31 pm
    Why appoint superannuants to these jobs which are sinecure. These elderly ex-politicians and other hacks occupying these cushy positions should resign and if they do not cut off their pensions and other perks. That will straighten them out.
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      Girish
      Jun 17, 2014 at 8:05 am
      what will sheila do now, once the immunity of governor's post is gone, and allegations of corruption against her thrive?
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        Sridhara Hiriyannaiah
        Jun 18, 2014 at 8:06 am
        It is high time that an amendment is made to ensure that even Governors are elected instead of selected by the bosses. And they must not be from any political party but from public life.
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          Narayan
          Jun 17, 2014 at 8:28 am
          I think it is time we went for a Presidential form of government both at the center and at the states and eliminated ornamental roles of Presidents and Governors.
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            Raj Kothari
            Jun 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm
            Why does India need Governors ???? What do they govern ????????
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              Prashant
              Jun 17, 2014 at 8:40 am
              There should be some rules regarding the appointment of governors. The post of governor is used by ruling parties as power to satisfy their regional or lost members. Let us take example of Shila Dik who lost by humiliation in election and from the fear that she will be investigated in CWG scams, Ms. Sonia Ghandhi decided to appoint her as a governor so that no one could investigate her.
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                Purush
                Jun 17, 2014 at 1:40 pm
                It will be interesting to see who will be the governor for UP (replacement for B L Joshi) and Karnataka (Bhardwaj). Kiran Bedi could be a good choice for UP as the biggest problem for UP today is law and order. She is a tough cop plus being a woman she will empathise with women's issues very well.
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                  bangalorean
                  Jun 17, 2014 at 9:05 am
                  i feel all the governors appointed so far -whether they are near end or not - must be removed. Some of them amed wealth.
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