Yet another UPA-appointed governor, Sheila Dikshit, resigned on Tuesday as the Narendra Modi government named former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh as the nominee for Rajasthan along with three others for Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa.
Appointed in March on the eve of Lok Sabha elections, Dikhsit, who has been facing pressure, quit the post as Kerala governor after her meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee and Union home minister Rajnath Singh on Monday. Continuing with the filling up of vacancies caused by the sacking, resignation or retirements of incumbents appointed during the previous regime, the government on Tuesday picked 82-year-old Singh for Rajasthan, where Margaret Alva completed her tenure earlier this month.
Gujarat Speaker Vajubhai Vala was named for Karnataka, where H R Bharadwaj had also completed his tenure recently. Former Union minister C Vidyasagar Rao will take the place of K Shankaranarayanan, who quit as Governor of Maharashtra on Sunday after he was transferred to Mizoram. Mridula Sinha, former president of BJP’s Mahila Morcha, was appointed as governor of Goa in place of BV Wanchoo, who was among those asked to quit after the change of guard at the Centre. A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said Kalyan Singh, 82, will take over in Jaipur in the vacancy caused by the retirement of Alva earlier this month. A two-time Chief Minister, Singh was was convicted for a day by the Supreme Court on October 24, 1994 for violating the commitment made to the Supreme Court on ensuring the safety and protection of the Babri Masjid.