TV Rajeswar,who quit the Governor’s office on Monday,will be remembered as a hard-nosed man who created iron curtains around the Raj Bhawan, shutting the doors for the people of the state during his tenure.
A former director of the Intelligence Bureau,he often courted controversies and earned the ire of political parties,especially the Samajwadi Party,for his “soft attitude” towards the BSP government.
His penchant for English was never liked by dhartiputra Mulayam Singh Yadav. Addressing the Independence Day function at Raj Bhawan in 2004,he advised the states youth to study English for a better future. Mulayam was quick to contradict him.
Rajeswar lost no opportunity to admonish the SP-led regime for its acts of omission and commission. Taking serious note of the rampant malpractices in panchayat elections in December 2006 while addressing state officer during the IAS week,he lashed out at the officers for succumbing to undue political pressure and for their increasing indulgence in corrupt activities.
He did not mince words in castigating IAS officers for their “partisan” role during the civic elections. “I know who did what in the local body elections. I received about 1,000 complaints relating to irregularities during these elections,” said Rajeswar.
But despite all the strong words,he came to the rescue of the bureaucracy when he supported their case against frequent transfers and motivated suspensions.
In November 2006, Mulayam alleged that the Governor had recommended the dismissal of the SP government and hinted at early Assembly elections. Within hours, Raj Bhavan denied any such reports being sent to the Centre.
But Mulayam was never reassured. In 2007,his government demanded the Governors recall. The SP alleged that the Governor was acting with “malafide and motivated” political intentions to dismiss the government.
Rajeswar granted an important favour to Mayawati in October 2007 by refusing the CBI sanction to prosecute her in the Taj Corridor case. But he did not like the suspension of the district magistrate of Sultanpur,the divisional commissioner of Faizabad and few other officials for their association with a publication that praised Rahul Gandhi. He asked Mayawati to revoke the disciplinary action against the officials.
Mayawati hit back,saying: “It would have been appropriate if,instead of writing a letter to me on the basis of media reports,you had spoken to me and clarified the situation.”
Rajeswar was given a ceremonial farewell at the Raj Bhawan. Chief Minister Mayawati,senior government officials and other dignitaries were present at the airport to see him off.
His successor B L Joshi will take oath of office on Tuesday at 12:40 pm.