Questioning the NDA government’s removal of Governors, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said she did not understand why some UPA-appointed Governors, like in Delhi and Madhya Pradesh, have been allowed to continue while others have been shown the door.
“Certain Governors appointed by the previous government were asked to step down, but others like the Governors of Madhya Pradesh and Delhi have been allowed to continue. I don’t understand the reason for this discrimination,” Dikshit told The Indian Express on Tuesday. She resigned as Kerala Governor last month, after spending less than six months in office.
Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung took charge on July 9, 2013 while MP Governor Ram Naresh Yadav was appointed on September 8, 2011.
Dikshit described the Modi government’s decision to ask UPA-appointed Governors to step down as “selective humiliation”. “This is a constitutional post. Why do you want to humiliate the position? Governors have been treated selectively — some very badly… Forcing them to resign through transfers and supposed punishment postings,” she said.
Dikshit said a bureaucrat in the central government had asked her to tender her resignation. “You are picked to be the Governor. This is not something one can apply for. You are the first citizen of the state, not involved in any kind of controversy. Why this kind of humiliation of the position by a newly-elected government?” she said.
Referring to the Centre’s decision to transfer out-of-favour Governors to the Northeast, Dikshit said, “This sends a very wrong signal. The Northeast is as much a part of India as any other region.”
Challenging the “selective” expulsion of UPA-appointed Governors, Dikshit said the government may as well bring in a legislation. “Why this drama of asking some Governors to resign. This is a post with dignity and there was no need for controversy. Maybe it is time for the government to bring in a legislation that makes it mandatory for Governors to resign when the central government changes,” she said.