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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