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Vakkom resents transfer, resigns as guv in protest

Vakkom resents transfer, resigns as guv in protest
Resenting his transfer from Mizoram ‘without consulting him’, Nagaland governor Vakkom B Purushothaman on Friday resigned from the post. The 86-year-old Congress veteran told PTI that he sent his resignation to president Pranab Mukherjee on Friday morning. Though he did not raise any political or procedural issue in his resignation letter, Vakkom B Purushothaman  told reporters that governors had been treated in a manner which was ‘not fair’ after the NDA government assumed power. ‘Governors are constitutional authorities. It is grossly improper to transfer them just like any other government official.That is not fair,’ he said.

Purushothaman, who held key portfolios in the UDF ministries in Kerala and a two-time Congress MP, said, ‘I feel that the governor’s position has been insulted.’ ‘The transfer was made without consulting me,’ Vakkom B Purushothaman  said He, however, said no one had asked him to resign but he took serious exception to the way some other UPA-era governors were sounded out to step down reportedly by home secretary. ‘It was a grave mistake. How can a secretary call the governor and ask him to resign?,’ Vakkom B Purushothaman said. Purushothaman said he would return to politics as a Congress worker but would not be seeking any electoral positions.

In a reshuffle of governors on 6 July, Gujarat governor Kamala Beniwal was transferred to Mizoram while Purushothaman was transferred and appointed as governor of Nagaland. He was also given additional charge of the office of governor of Tripura. Those who resigned after the NDA government reportedly asked them to put in their papers are BL Joshi (Uttar Pradesh), MK Narayanan (West Bengal), Shekhar Dutt (Chhattisgarh), Ashwani Kumar (Nagaland) and BV Wanchoo (Goa).

Margaret Alva to be sworn in as Goa Governor today

Rajasthan governor Margaret Alva would be sworn-in as governor of Goa on Saturday after predecessor BV Wanchoo resigned last week. Chief Justice of Bombay High Court, Mohit Shantilal Shah will administer the oath of office to the governor at Durbar hall of the Raj Bhavan at 6 pm on Saturday, according to a statment issued by the state government. Alva, was given the additional charge of Goa after Wanchoo resigned on 4 July, a day after CBI quizzed him in VVIP chopper deal case. He was appointed in Goa on 4 May, 2012.

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