No chair is permanent in politics: Ex-Governor’s parting shot to Modi govt

The senior Congress leader is gearing up for a new innings in politics in his home state Kerala.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published:August 26, 2014 3:13 am

K Sankaranarayanan, who resigned as Maharashtra Governor late Saturday night, said he did so as he did not want to sacrifice his identity and dignity. He, however, warned the Modi government that “no chair is permanent in Indian politics”.

“The BJP-led government at the Centre with an absolute majority now was not long ago a party with just two MPs. And Congress, which is now reduced to just 44 seats can emerge with 440 seats, in the future. We are all bound by the democracy where people exercise their rights,” Sankaranarayanan told a select media gathering at Sahyadri, the state government guesthouse in Mumbai.

Drawing attention to the Assembly bypoll results in Bihar and Karnataka, the former Governor pointed out that people cannot be taken for granted in a democracy. “It’s there for everybody to see the development and the way things are heading…Politics is not just about numbers; irrespective of the numbers, both the state and Centre have coalition governments,” he added.

“Earlier, I had raised objections as certain norms which are sacrosanct to the constitutional post were not adhered to. The protest was not related to whether I should resign or not, but the improper procedure,” he said. The former Governor, however, said there cannot be any distinction between governors of Maharashtra and a smaller state, Mizoram. “In the past, I have been the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and was happy. It was my decision to resign after receiving the order of transfer from the President of India,” he said.

The senior Congress leader is gearing up for a new innings in politics in his home state Kerala. “I have decided to go back to politics and continue my social work. I will be leaving for Kerala tomorrow,” he said.

“I don’t think the decision to transfer me to Mizoram was out of political vendetta. However, if someone draws such an inference, I have nothing to say. After all, everybody has the right to draw their own conclusion or read between the lines.”

Sankaranarayanan, who played a pro-active role in Maharashtra, often taking positions on critical issues such as the irrigation scam or staying the CBI prosecution against former CM Ashok Chavan said, “I had a lot of work to do as the governor and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

He justified his decision on Ashok Chavan saying, “Yes, I went through the file and found there was no sufficient evidence to allow the prosecution against Ashok Chavan in the Adarsh Cooperative Housing case…Even the CBI accepted the decision.”

Dismissing any political compulsion, he said, “As the governor, I had been objective and fair.”

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    amakant
    Aug 26, 2014 at 12:14 am
    Depends whether the chair is occupied by an asamarth or a samrat. Modi is samrat.
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      paddy
      Aug 26, 2014 at 8:26 am
      This guy is core congress chamcha, immediately after his resignation he showed his true political colour. With is leaning to one particular political party ideology, how can he perform his duties neutrally?
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        Yogi
        Aug 26, 2014 at 6:53 am
        It took this guy 82 years to realise that no chair is 'permanent' in politics? And yet he was desperately trying to cling onto his chair, despite having 'made up his mind' to resign after Modi came to power!These guys make me sick. They are absolutely good for nothing, and given these plum posts only on the basis of their ability to lick 'certain' backsides clean! Even after realising that his days are up, this 'exalted' consutional functionary help onto his post stubbornly, in the hope that they may forget to unseat him. And now he has the temerity to dispense free advice from his moronic mind!
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          Amol
          Aug 26, 2014 at 7:39 am
          He should just get lost to any place he wants...he enjo staying in Raj Bhavan so long at the cost of public money and now shows the original congress characters. Good that this ineffective and biased bugger is leaving this state.
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            Jay
            Aug 26, 2014 at 4:27 am
            This man still at 82 wanted no to leave it !! great !! original congresi
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              Mohanlal Com
              Aug 26, 2014 at 7:03 am
              He crossed sides within 24 hours of getting arrested by the Indira regime during emergency, and was freed immediately. Now he is speaking about his ideny and dignity! .As a governor he was in touch with the scamgress high command (read invading italian) every day. SHAMELESS FELLOW
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                Marian Panayotov
                Aug 29, 2014 at 10:17 pm
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                  Marian Panayotov
                  Aug 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm
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                    Prasad
                    Aug 26, 2014 at 8:06 am
                    Good riddance to another corrupt Congress appointed governor. Even a high school student knows that all the MPs/MLAs /Ministers' positions are only for a few years. Only when he loses his seat, he talks about people. If he was thinking about the people when he was in the governor's chair , he would have ordered the prosecution of politicians involved in the Adarsh scam regardless of their positions.He need not dish out his advice - just let him vacate the place with his mouth shut.
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                      PL
                      Aug 26, 2014 at 1:04 am
                      he is 82 and should retire gracefully and everyone except Maha Governor understands that Governors post is a political appointment and must change with new Govt, may it be congress or BJP
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                        Nationalist
                        Aug 26, 2014 at 5:07 am
                        Very Well Said Sir, No Chair is permanent , and DO NOT TRUST THE TIME, One Does not Know When it Will Change, Change So Swiftly...........
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                          Rakkan
                          Aug 26, 2014 at 7:50 am
                          He should have wrote to this to congress regime when they were doing. When one loose then agitate, when one gains then keep quite. good strategy
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                            Ravi Patel
                            Aug 26, 2014 at 7:32 am
                            "no chair is permanent in politics" Even we know that. But for the moment we the civilised Indians are an a cleansing of the thieving garbage mode! Now is that well understood? It better be!
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                              Jugal Kishore Sharma
                              Aug 26, 2014 at 8:47 am
                              Sir When gifted post adorn with, the Grace of Supreme Power and merciness, why if you only 125 crore the Best personality . Media only prescribed these eny but noting more like garbage
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                                Rupak Bandyopadhyay
                                Aug 26, 2014 at 11:39 am
                                Congress used the positions of Governors,Lt Governors for their party interest and seldom for the nation.Let's see how BJP cleans the same.Rejected politicians and officers chaperons should be avoided.
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                                  sangeeth
                                  Aug 26, 2014 at 8:20 am
                                  Sankaranarayanan truly represents people who were appointed by the previous congress regimes. NDA need to get rid of these appointees from governorship, company director boards, cultural body trustee ships and all such positions where public money is involved. One would like these positions to be accountable to the public for the money they are handling. One will expect PM Modi to go after the cooperative banks and other cooperative bodies as well. If one has to clean up the system one need to look where is the dirt coming from
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                                    satheesh
                                    Aug 26, 2014 at 8:28 am
                                    If he wants to keep up dignity, he should have resigned long ago...... now he is playing victim card for getting political mileage in Kerala.....But Kerala is already saturated with veteran congress men
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                                      K.Suresh
                                      Aug 26, 2014 at 6:19 am
                                      So this congressman treats "accepting governorship of Mizoram" as "sacrificing one's dignity".
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