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Governors must ensure states act as per Constitution: Prez

President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday asked Governors to ensure that state governments act according to the Constitution while safeguarding the interests of the state and the nation’s pluralistic character is not tarnished in any manner.

Mukherjee’s comments come at a time when Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s ambitious ‘Jan Lokpal’ bill is hanging in the balance with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung seeking Union Home Ministry’s opinion whether Centre’s concurrence is needed before passing any bill. In his opening remarks at the 45th Conference of Governors at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President said the role of Governors is that of a bridge between states and the Centre.

‘Governors have to ensure that state governments act according to the Constitution while safeguarding the interests of the state. This is the unique responsibility of a Governor as they represent the Centre in the State and the State at the Centre,’ he said at the conference which is being attended by 26 Governors and three Lt Governors.

The two-day conference, attended among others by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram, will discuss external and internal security environment, development issues, improving the quality of higher education and making disaster management more effective.
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