How justifiable is the vacation of office by the Governors?
19 June, 2014
While everyone has a distinct stand on the subject-matter of vacation of office by Governors appointed by the previous UPA government, the underlying facts will have to be considered prior to establishing any conclusion.
Shall I not start
this with the appointment of Mrs. Sheila Dixit as the Governor of
Kerala post the poor performance of the Congress in the state polls
and just prior to the biggest-ever defeat of the Congress in
the general elections? A candidate who was completely forbidden by
the general public was given an opportunity to enjoy the
constitutional office, along with the perquisites of accommodation in
the Raj Bhawan.
spokespersons are repeatedly alleging the unconstitutional validity
of the stance of the NDA government; however are overlooking what has
many a times been witnessed in the history. When the NDA-led union
government vacated office in 2004 and was succeeded by the UPA four
Governors were removed on arbitrary grounds owing to their
appointment by the then NDA government. And then were the Governors
appointed for the sole reason to accommodate political personalities
in an honorable office and to maintain smooth equilibrium between the
union government and the alliances. Was this at all justifiable?
Now when we look
at the present scenario, it appears that the new government at the
center is too following the same outlook. The Governors appointed
during the UPA and UPA-2 reign are on the verge of losing their
offices and almost every political party is criticizing the approach
of the union government, along with alleging the decision of the
honorable Supreme Court in 2010. ?Valid and compelling reasons?
for the removal of the Governor was a part of the judgment, hence BJP
appears to stand a step behind. However, facts are to be considered
prior to concluding that the present government is moving on an
Mr. B V Wanchoo and West Bengal?s Mr. M K Narayanan may be
questioned by the CBI with respect to the much-hyped Augusta Westland
deal. On the other hand, many Governors are about to complete their
Plus, the fact
that Gujarat?s Governor, Ms. Kamla Beniwal and Mr. H R Bhardhwaj of
Karnataka have many a times fallen into unjustifiable conflict with
the policies of the respective state governments is unhidden. Another
part of this episode is the office of the Governor occupied by Mrs.
Sheila Dixit, which can be related to granting her invulnerability
with respect to the Commonwealth Games outrage.
Mr. B L Joshi
seems to have recognized the fact that when the appointments were
made on reprehensible grounds, the vacation has to be unordinary. To
ensure nexus between the productive policies of the union government
and the Governors, shall we not conclude that the BJP has no other
way than to remove the Governors appointed by the former government.
However, such ceremonial measures can be avoided every time the new
government comes into picture by excluding politicians from the
purview of the office of Governors. Best option can be the
culmination of political position once anyone finds place in the
office of Governor.
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A Chartered Accountant by profession and Director on the board of Punjab National Bank (PNB), General Insurance Corporation of India (GIC) and Rural Electrification Corporation Limited (REC). Dr. Sunil Gupta is working flawlessly for the economic and social prosperity of India.