Vakkom Purushothaman unhappy with transfer; resigns from Governor’s post

Purushothaman said he would return to politics as a Congress worker but would not be seeking any electoral positions.

By: Press Trust of India | Thiruvananthapuram | Updated: July 12, 2014 12:37 am
Purushothaman has held key portfolios in the UDF ministries in Kerala is and a two-time Congress MP. Purushothaman has held key portfolios in the UDF ministries in Kerala is and a two-time Congress MP.

Resenting his transfer from Mizoram “without consulting him”, Nagaland Governor Vakkom B Purushothaman on Friday resigned from the post.

The 86-year-old Congress veteran said that he sent his resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee this morning.

Though he did not raise any political or procedural issue in his resignation letter, Purushothaman told reporters that governors had been treated in a manner which was “not fair” after the NDA Government assumed power.

“Governors are constitutional authorities. It is grossly improper to transfer them just like any other government official.That is not fair,” he said.

Purushothaman, who held key portfolios in the UDF ministries in Kerala and a two-time Congress MP, said, “I feel that the governor’s position has been insulted.”

“The transfer was made without consulting me,” he said

He, however, said no one had asked him to resign but he took serious exception to the way some other UPA-era governors were sounded out to step down reportedly by Home Secretary.

“It was a grave mistake. How can a secretary call the governor and ask him to resign?,” he said.

Purushothaman said he would return to politics as a Congress worker but would not be seeking any electoral positions.

In a reshuffle of governors on July 6, Gujarat Governor Kamala Beniwal was transferred to Mizoram while Purushothaman was transferred and appointed as Governor of Nagaland. He was also given additional charge of the office of Governor of Tripura.

Those who resigned after the NDA government reportedly asked them to put in their papers are B L Joshi (Uttar Pradesh), M K Narayanan (West Bengal), Shekhar Dutt (Chhattisgarh), Ashwani Kumar (Nagaland) and B V Wanchoo (Goa).

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    Harendra Pal Singh
    Jul 11, 2014 at 1:50 pm
    These congie clowns should automatically leave, When will Sheila dixit leave? shameless creatures.
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      jai
      Jul 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm
      ordinary citizens compulsorily retire at age 58. politicians, governors and presidents must also compulsorily retire at age 70. we don't need dead wood clinging and sucking the sap of the growing tree. will the new government enact a law to this effect?
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        JAYAVELU
        Jul 11, 2014 at 1:53 pm
        AS it is Governor position is insulted by appointing these guys and at this age. He need not talk about that.
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          JayKay
          Jul 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm
          Actually there must be compulsion on recalling all politically appointed beuracrats such as ambodors.
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            Joy
            Jul 11, 2014 at 7:11 am
            Enough enjoying this position ! Go home mr. Vakkom
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              J
              Jul 11, 2014 at 11:41 am
              If you still have congress affiliations in mind, you should have resigned on the day when Modiji umed office as PM of this country.
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                Gautam Krishna
                Jul 11, 2014 at 11:59 pm
                Even in Governors, Kerala is over represented
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                  kvl
                  Jul 11, 2014 at 6:49 am
                  A former kerala minister appointed as governer itself is a proof of his loyalty .Governers should be apolitical and knowledgeable persons,
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                    kvl
                    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm
                    Brother, ordinary persons are more wise nowadays and appalled at the stature of politicians, governers.
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                      raju
                      Jul 11, 2014 at 9:50 am
                      being ex-congress party man and becoming governor is NOT fair
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                        Mohan
                        Jul 11, 2014 at 5:12 pm
                        He should have done this, the day NDA govt came to power. His only credential to that post was that he was a Congress man.
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                          N.Ramanathan
                          Jul 11, 2014 at 7:21 am
                          It is pity that at a ripe age of 86, he is indulging in unnecessary politics. When Governors behave like secretary of Sonia hi, what is wrong in transferring?. At 86 he can't even walk without the support of security personnel, but he still wants to create unnecessary politics.
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                            Mohanlal Com
                            Jul 11, 2014 at 8:51 am
                            Vacuum Purushothaman , known for his for penchant for sucking wealth from others when he was the state health minister in 1980's , is trying to get back to state politics along with Vayalar Ravi and Sankaranarayanan. All of them want to become the Chief Minister of Kerala and get nirvana from that post to the heaven.
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                              Mohanlal Com
                              Jul 12, 2014 at 6:10 am
                              Vacuum Purushothaman was awarded this le 'vacuum' for his characteristic corrupt practices while he was a minister in Kerala. Naturally the Italian mafia congratulated him by appointing as a governor! . Corrupt Shiela DIXIT is having extreme luxury in Kerala Rajbhavan by indulging in all sorts of expenditure of the tax payers money. She has 94 staff, including 5 cooks. All her sisters, their children and g children live in the raj bhavan going around and visiting tourist spots at the expense of Kerala govt resources. A fleet of luxury cars including Mercedes benz is at the disposal of this huge, corrupt battalion from Delhi! The earlier she is out of the office, the better for the tax payers.
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                                Ram Mohan
                                Jul 11, 2014 at 10:48 am
                                It will be good if Shri Vakkam tells people if the work done by govt clerks is any less than a governor? Is it not a bit sad to read such thoughts from people supposedly occupying such positions? Actually, Governor's post being a political appointment Vakkom should have resigned on the very first day. So also Sheila Dixit. The ordinary Indian is appalled to read such sermons and views from such people in politics. cheers
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                                  chandran
                                  Jul 12, 2014 at 9:55 am
                                  Good riddance !
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                                    K Ramesh
                                    Jul 11, 2014 at 11:53 pm
                                    Mahatma hi treated people with dignity and respect. That be so, BJP government must treat the Office of the Governor with great respect, dignity and decorum not as though Governor of the States are clerks. Whatever our differences are with UPA nominees as hi often said "everyone should be treated with utmost kindness and respect.
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                                      Mr.Vjd
                                      Jul 16, 2014 at 2:31 pm
                                      In kerala, congress get one old leader for ............
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                                        Subspan Raman
                                        Jul 11, 2014 at 2:17 pm
                                        86 years old and still wants posts.
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                                          S N
                                          Jul 12, 2014 at 7:02 am
                                          jayalalitha appeal to prime minister may be acceded to by the government if her party votes for the government in rajya sabha, to ratify the ordinance on amendment in IRDA service rules which will regulorise the appointment of principle security adviser to the pm
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