New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may announce the names of Governors to be appointed in seven states on Sunday. Union home secretary Anil Goswami called up seven governors and suggested that they put in their papers. These are M K Narayanan in West Bengal, Sheila Dikshit in Kerala, Margaret Alva in Rajasthan, Kamla Beniwal in Gujarat, BL Joshi in UP, K Sankaranarayanan in Maharashtra and Devendra Konwar in Tripura.
The NDA government is following the example set by the UPA government which, after coming to power in 2004, got rid of BJP appointees in Raj Bhavans, including Vishnukant Shastri (UP), Kailashpati Mishra (Gujarat), Babu Parmananad (Haryana) and Kedarnath Sahni (Goa).
“We have enough reasons to seek their removal,” said a senior home ministry functionary who is involved in the exercise.
BJP veterans, including former UP Speaker Kesarinath Tripathi, Punjab leader Balram Das Tandon, former MP Lalji Tandon. senior party leader from Kerala O Rajagopal, former Union minister Ram Naik, Delhi leader V K Malhotra and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha are likely appointees.