BJP veteran and Kangra MP Shanta Kumar on Wednesday refuted the media reports about the National Democratic Alliance(NDA) Government at Centre allegedly pressurising the United Progressive Alliance (UPA)- appointed governors to resign.
“Nobody is being pressurised to resign from the governor's post. If someone has resigned, he or she has cited personal reasons,” said Shanta while addressing a press conference here. He was in Dharamsala to attend party workers' meeting.
The BJP MP said the Supreme Court has already said that the governors are no employees of the Centre and nobody could be removed in such a manner. There are media reports that the Centre is pressing ahead with its plan to replace UPA-appointed governors to make room for its senior leaders.
On reports of BJP contemplating to form government in Delhi with the help of Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislators, Shanta said efforts should be made to avoid elections in Delhi as it costs on state exchequer.
“If something could be done with consensus and party feels that it has the required number it should go ahead to form the government,” said Shanta.
In context of Himachal politics, Shanta said the Congress party is in power in Himachal and Centre would be extending every possible help in developmental project for the schemes.
“I assure that Centre would be providing every possible help to the state for developmental projects and the government should also cooperate,” said Shanta, adding that India has federal system and there is inter-dependence between the Centre and the states.
He said there would be no bias with any state on political basis. “I offer the state full cooperation on my behalf. They should come with developmental projects whether it is tourism-related or railway expansion,” said he.
Commenting on the party's defeat in Punjab, Shanta said he already knew that party was losing as the people there were fed up with the SAD-BJP alliance government.
“There were shortcomings. I tried my level best to put the things in order but SAD was adamant on bringing any changes which led to our defeat,” said Shanta, adding being in-charge of Punjab BJP, he had already apprised the high command of the situation.
He held drug and sand mafia along with some other factors responsible for party's poor show in Punjab.