The NDA government came under attack on Thursday over the sacking of Mizoram governor Kamla Beniwal with the Opposition calling it "political vendetta", a charge it rejected by saying the action followed "serious allegations" against her and insisted there was no politics.
87-year-old Beniwal, the former Gujarat governor who had a running battle with Narendra Modi when he was the state's chief minister, was removed on Wednesday night just two months before her tenure in Mizoram was due to end.
She will leave for her home state Rajasthan on Friday, an official said in Aizawl.
She is the second governor to be removed from her post by the NDA government. Virendra Kataria was sacked as the Puducherry governor on July 12. After the Modi-led government took charge on May 26, six governors had resigned.
Kataria, also a former Congress leader, called the action as "political vendetta" and said it was unjustified and an assault on the constitutional office.
Congress general secretary Ajay Maken said in a tweet, "If governor Kamla Beniwal was to be removed, why was she transferred to Mizoram only a few days back? #vendetta politics".
Hitting out at the NDA government, Congress ally and NCP chief Sharad Pawar said Beniwal's removal was a "clear cut violation" of Supreme Court judgement and a case of "political vendetta".
The government, however, rejected the allegations with parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu insisting there is "no politics" behind the decision.
"Action against Mizoram governor is no violation against the Supreme Court's earlier judgement. Action has been taken within rules and within the Constitution. There is no politics behind it," he said.
Law minister Ravishankar Prasad too said the move was in accordance with Constitutional principles.
Meanwhile, Manipur governor Vinod Kumar Duggal, who has been given additional charge of Mizoram, will be sworn-in at the Raj Bhavan at Aizawl on Friday, state protocol department officials said.