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Uttarakhand governor shunted to Mizoram

Uttrakhand governor Aziz Qureshi, who had taken the Modi government to Supreme Court for alleged attempts to ease him out of office, was today shifted to Mizoram.

A Presidential communique said that Qureshi has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Mizoram for the remainder of his term till May 2017 and Meghalaya governor KK Paul will take his place.

Paul, who was appointed as Governor of Meghalaya on July 8, 2013, will continue to hold additional charge of Governor of Manipur till further orders, it said.

Qureshi, who was among the Governors appointed by the UPA government and was told by Home Secretary Anil Goswami to quit after change in Government, approached the Supreme Court against attempts to ease him out.

In his petition, Qureshi had said that after the NDA government came to power, Goswami had called him on July 30 and asked him to tender resignation and made it clear that he will be removed from office if he does not step down.

He alleged, in his petition, that Goswami again called him on August 8 insisting that he resign.

Goswami said in his reply to SC he had, with authority and justification, “suggested” to Qureshi that he should consider resigning on his own since his actions were not “behoving the status of governor” and showed the constitutional office in “poor light” apart from “bringing it into disrespect”.
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