Most problems related to Centre-State relations could be solved if Governors are appointed in consultations with Chief Ministers, senior BJP leader LK Advani today said and slammed the Congress for not taking states into confidence in the process.
"Consultations with Chief Ministers while appointing Governors solves a lot of problems... the Sarkaria Commission report also points that selection (of a Governor) should be made on correct principles to ensure that the right type of person gets the post," Advani said.
He claimed that during the NDA rule, Governors were appointed in consultation with the Chief Ministers.
"There was no exception... practically not one Governor was appointed without consulting the Chief Minister concerned," he said.
The senior BJP leader was speaking during a seminar 'Role of Governor in contemporary scenario - Can the media help raise awareness?'
Attacking Congress, the BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman said now CMs are "merely informed" about the appointment. "There is no question of consultation," he charged.
The former deputy Prime Minister said during previous Congress tenures, since most of the state governments too were governed by the same party, the governors were appointed without consultation.
"Perhaps this the reason behind the figures given by Gen S K Sinha on removal of Governors," he said indicating the differences between CMs and the Governors in some states.
Former Assam and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Gen Sinha said during the seminar that between 1967 and 1986, 298 governors were appointed but only 18 could serve their complete term.
He said the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru had supported the idea of consulting states while appointing Governors during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly.