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NDA's marching orders to governors: Political vendetta or something else?
Ever since the new government took charge at the Centre, fates of many governors appointed by the previous UPA regime were hanging in dilemma. In political circles, in media, people were seen gossiping on the probable names that would be secretively told to put in their papers.
It was only day before yesterday when the governor of Uttar Pradesh BL Joshi resigned. Then yesterday Chhattisgarh's governor Shekhar Dutt resigned. The resignations are seen as a result of mounting pressure by the NDA regime.

Apart from Joshi and Dutt, there are media reports which say that the Narendra Modi-led government also wants governors of Kerala, Punjab, West Bengal, Gujarat, Tripura to vacate the Raj Bhavans, so that some senior BJP leaders like Murli Manohar Joshi, Lalji Tandon, Kesri Nath Tripathi, VK Malhotra, Kalyan Singh, Shanta Kumar and BC Khanduri, who were not given any Cabinet birth could be accommodated there.

Media reports that quoted sources also say that the new government in power may also show the fear of CBI to force reluctant governors to quit.

It has been noticed that whenever a new government comes into power at the Center it goes for the appoints favorable governors in states by asking the incumbent ones to step down. Is this practice of making appointments on such crucial Constitutional position with a political motive good for democracy?

Congress party's spokesperson Rashid Alvi, while criticising the alleged pressure tactic by the NDA government said, “It is not in the interest of democracy to change the governors whenever new party come into governance.”

Vijendra Gupta, a senior BJP leader in Delhi has denied that the central government is putting any sort of pressure on governors to quit. On the resignation of UP governor BL Joshi he said, “if someone is resigning on his own then the central government cant' do anything.”

National Secretary of Samajwadi Party Rajesh Dixit has opposed NDA's move to pressurize governors to quit. He said, “It is democratically not fair. Replacing present governors with new appointees on the basis of present existing party is not good enough.”

Senior journalist and political analyst Avdhesh Kumar while commenting on this practice of political appointment of governors said that if the governors feel that the government in power may not feel comfortable working with them or they don't feel comfortable in working with the new regime, in both the cases, they should vacate Raj Bhavan.

“It is difficult to answer that either its good or bad. But every government wants parliamentary forum of democracy. The state governor is the representative of a particular state. Governor plays a prominent role and they update Center regarding state issues. According to me if government changes and it finds that the present officer is not working properly then there is nothing wrong in superseding them with qualified one. The NDA government wants only 7 governess to put in their papers. Dr Manmohan Singh's govt committed a mistake of choosing all bureaucrats as governors. So there is no harm in replacing them.”

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