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Sheila too quits: I followed my heart, there was no pressure

The President's Secretariat has sent her resignation to the Union Home Ministry, official sources said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: August 26, 2014 10:26 pm
76-year-old Dikshit submitted her resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee, a day after she met him and also Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. 76-year-old Dikshit submitted her resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee, a day after she met him and also Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Kerala governor Sheila Dikshit resigned Tuesday, bringing to an end a guessing game that began soon after the NDA government took charge. The former chief minister of Delhi became the eighth governor appointed by the UPA to quit since the change of guard at the Centre.

Dikshit who reached Delhi Sunday amid speculation of her resignation remained reticent. “I have resigned, I did it yesterday and I don’t want to comment further. I have followed my heart and I didn’t do it under any pressure,” she said.

On Monday, Dikshit met President Pranab Mukherjee and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Although the Congress accused the NDA government of “insulting” and “humiliating” governors, Dikshit said she wasn’t in a position to comment on the issue. “My resignation hasn’t been accepted yet… I will explain in detail later,” she said.

She also declined comment on returning to active politics. “I can’t comment on this now,” she said.
The President’s Secretariat has sent her resignation to the Home Ministry for necessary action, official sources said.

The sources claimed if she had not resigned, she could have been dismissed and the government could have pointed to a CBI probe into the Delhi Jal Board of which Dikshit was the chairperson for 15 years.

The agency registered a case against three officials of the DJB and a Nagpur-based private firm for alleged irregularities in awarding a Rs 520-crore contract pertaining to the water distribution system.

Six UPA-appointed governors — K Sankaranarayanan (Maharashtra), M K Narayanan (West Bengal), Ashwani Kumar (Nagaland), B L Joshi (UP), B V Wanchoo (Goa) and Shekhar Dutt (Chhattisgarh), have already resigned after being asked by the NDA government. Mizoram governor V Purushothaman had resigned after he was transferred to Nagaland in July.

Dikshit, who served as Delhi Chief Minister from 1998 to 2013, was appointed Kerala governor in March, a night before the model code of conduct came into force for the Lok Sabha polls.

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  1. P
    Aug 29, 2014 at 3:41 am
    No, Pressure? Marathi has a saying, injury at an awkward part of body is hard to speak about !
    1. Krish Desikan
      Aug 26, 2014 at 1:52 pm
      Time to act for her past corruption. Now she is an ordinary citizen and must spend the rest of the life in Jail. Until and unless Modi acts he will lose the other states and all by election. People elected him to go after corrupt politicians. He has done nothing except to visit neighboring foreign countries and impose discipline and dress code. This is not what we voted for and he must round up all corrupt politicians without fear.
      1. kris kumar
        Aug 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm
        Did Sheila resigned herself or was she pushed into a corner and she left with no choice but to resign. Sheila is a stubborn woman like Italian barmaid and they love power and the luxuries at taxpayers expense. Sheila must face the corruption charges along with Italian barmaid. Also need to find out why Italian barmaid so many trips to USA just for check up or to hide the loot.
        1. K
          Aug 26, 2014 at 12:34 pm
          Must have been presented with a list of all the stuff she could be arrested for.
          1. C
            Aug 26, 2014 at 1:16 pm
            So finally some good sense prevailed hope she would now cooperate with investigators to prove her image if proved to face the judiciary. Jaihind
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