MP governor may be buying time for honourable exit, say experts
Madhya Pradesh governor Ramnaresh Yadav’s refusal to quit in spite of a police complaint against him in a multi-crore scam has puzzled legal and political experts alike, especially after reports that the home ministry had asked him to go.bhopal Updated: Feb 27, 2015 19:24 IST
Madhya Pradesh governor Ramnaresh Yadav’s refusal to quit in spite of a police complaint against him in a multi-crore scam has puzzled legal and political experts alike, especially after reports that the home ministry had asked him to go.
The governor's reticence is intriguing because the Centre has a tenable legal option to dismiss him from the post.
So is Yadav buying time to find the best way for an honourable exit? And why is the Union government not showing him the door?
Legal experts feel Yadav has little option left but to resign in wake of the charges faced by him. Yadav doesn't want to take any step before meeting President Pranab Mukherjee but hasn’t got an appointment yet, sources added.
Analysts said Yadav will try to explain his position and innocence to the President before quitting. This would allow him to find a moral high ground for the resignation, they added.
For now, he remains in Raj Bhavan, not meeting anyone.
Sources said the governor wasn't willing to quit while being in Bhopal to avoid detention or being questioned by the Special Task Force in connection with the Madhya Pradesh Professional Examination Board scam.
The STF recently named Yadav among 100 people in the MPPEB scam for allegedly recommending five candidates for recruitment as forest guards and taking Rs 4 lakh from each of the job aspirants. He is also under pressure to quit from the opposition Congress, which has run a sustained campaign to oust him.
The scandal allegedly saw candidates bribe officials, rig exams by deploying imposters to write test papers and supply forged answer sheets during the recruitment process conducted by the state board in 2012-13. Over 1,800 arrests have been made so far.
"He is trying to find a way to exit honourably. He needn't worry about arrest because many of the 100 accused are yet to be arrested," political observer Girija Shankar said.