Agencies, New Delhi
Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi today resigned from his post amidst speculations that a number of governors appointed by the previous UPA government might also quit after reported feelers sent to them by the new government to make place for new ones.
However, Karnataka Governor H R Bhardwaj dismissed the reports that he had been asked by anyone to quit the post.
He met President Pranab Mukherjee today.
Assam Governor JB Patnaik, who was also earlier reported to have resigned, said he called on the President but that did not mean that he had put in his papers.
Kerala governor Sheila Dikshit refused to comment on media reports that the Centre had sounded the UPA-appointed governors to quit.
‘’I can’t react to rumours’’, the former three-times Delhi chief minister, who was appointed as Kerala governor in March this year, said.
Rajasthan governor Margaret Alva today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, triggering speculations that she might step down.
The Prime Minister’s Office, however, said the meeting was just a courtesy call.
Other Governor’s who are believed to have been sounded by the Centre include West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan and Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal.
It is understood that the new government wanted to replace the Governors appointed by the UPA government.
A major controversy had arisen in 2004, when the UPA government haddecided to remove the BJP-appointed Governors.
The move had been challenged in the Supreme Court by a BJP MP.
The apex court had ruled in May 2010 that Governors were not employees of the Union government and could not be sacked ‘in an arbitrary and capricious manner with the change of power.’
It had said a Governor could be removed on the grounds of misconduct and under compelling circumstances.