Seeking bulk resignations or removing governors is a practice that has been followed after every change of regime at the Centre.
After the Congress-led UPA assumed power in 2004, several governors appointed by the previous NDA regime resigned or were removed. Among these were Kedarnath Sahni (Sikkim and Goa), Madan Lal Khurana (Rajasthan) and Rama Jois (Bihar), Kailashpati Mishra (Gujarat), Vishnukant Shastri (Uttar Pradesh) and Babu Parmanand (Haryana).
But the Congress is now crying hoarse at the NDA government’s reported move to remove governors appointed during the UPA tenure, calling it ‘political vendetta’.
“Governors being constitutional authorities should not be subjected to public debate. We ask the central government to ensure constitutional appropriateness,” party general secretary Ajay Maken said.
Describing the move as “dictatorial”, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad reminded the government about the May 2010 judgment of the SC, which held that governors can’t be removed arbitrarily on the change of government.
“A Governor cannot be removed on the ground that he is out of sync with the policies and ideologies of the Union Government or the party in power at the Centre. Nor can he be removed on the ground that the Union government has lost confidence in him,” a five-judge bench had said.
Azad said the Centre “does not have the brief to remove governors in arbitrary and capricious manner” with the change of power while Maken said the SC order should be followed in letter and spirit.