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UP governor quits after a nudge, but other UPA appointees stay put

New Delhi, Jun 17 (PTI): Uttar Pradesh Governor B.L. Joshi resigned on Tuesday after a nudge from the Union government to some Governors appointed by the previous government to quit.

His resignation has been received, home ministry sources told PTI.

The tenure of Joshi had expired a few months ago and he had been sworn in again for another term.

His resignation came a day after Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami called up at least five Governors, including K Sankaranarayanan of Maharashtra, to put in their papers in the wake of change of government.

Though nothing has been officially disclosed, it is understood that other Governors who have been nudged to quit may include M.K. Narayanan (West Bengal) and Kamla Beniwal (Gujarat).

Home Minister Rajnath Singh reportedly commented that if he were in their place he would have quit.

Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit, a former Delhi Chief Minister said she cannot comment on media reports.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva met Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was described as a courtesy call. She is also scheduled to call on the President Pranab Mukherjee.

Alva, who completes her five-year term in August, has not been sounded out yet, it is understood.

Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardawaj, who, like Beniwal, did not share a good rapport with the BJP government in the state, also called on the President on Tuesdya.

Assam’s Governor, J.B. Patnaik, who also met the President, told reporters that he has not resigned. “If there is a rumour (about his resignation) I cannot help,” he said.

Patnaik, a former Congress chief minister of Odisha, said meeting the President, who is his friend, did not mean that he was resigning.


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