Tripura CM unhappy with appointment of new Governor
Agartala, Mar 12 : Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar today said that Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) did not follow the constitutional norms in appointment new governor in the state and termed it as 'undesirable exercise of power by the centre'.
Talking to media Mr Sarkar alleged that the constitution had a clear mandate to consult the Chief Minister of the state concerned before appointing the Governor and over the years it had become a tradition.
"In my 15 years of experience as Chief Minister I never come across such an incident and it is really undesirable from the part of MHA," Mr Sarkar argued adding that he had objected the initiative of changing governor when he was informed on March 7
but it was also ignored.
"When I was returning home at evening on my very first
day of office as Chief Minister of the new government, the Home Minister made a call to the mobile of my security officer and informed me but I objected because the first session of our maiden Assembly to begin on March 15 which will begin with the speech of governor and it is also approved," Mr Sarkar revealed. Traditionally, MHA always sends a proposed list of governors for the state and seeks opinion of the state and sometimes it was also happened when all the proposed names were not vetted by the government and MHA sent new list of people but in case of
Devanand Konwar, MHA had ignored all the norms and traditions, Mr Sarkar pointed out.
Mr Konwar incumbent governor of Bihar had been replaced with Tripura governor Dr D Y Patil last week along with three other states. Dr Patil has been seeking transfer for past few years to any mainland state considering his ill-health and some other logistic difficulties.