Arunachal Pradesh Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, who was asked to resign by the Centre, has refused to do so. He says he will only go when the President dismiss him.
The move comes after the Supreme Court restored the Congress government in the state on July 13 and censured the Governor for ‘humiliating the elected government of the day’. Rajkhowa was asked to resign on health grounds by August 30. He said that a union minister and a official from home ministry verbally communicated to him about the decision, which had been taken at a higher level meeting.
He says if the government wants him to quit, then let them use provisions of Article 156 of the Constitution.
Under the said provision, it states that the Governor shall hold office during the pleasure of the President and that the Governor may, by writing under his hand addressed to the President, resign his office. A Governor can remain in office for five years.
The former Assam chief secretary, who took over as Governor in June 2015, said he never lobbied for the job.
“I never met or approached any BJP leader for the Governor’s post, whether at the local level or at that of the PM’s,” Rajkhowa told The Indian Express.
However, sources told CNN-News18, if Rajkhowa does not resign on his own, there is a possibility of Central government asking President Pranab Mukherjee to withdraw his “pleasure”, leading to his sacking.