Amid indications that the NDA government is planning to appoint its own representatives in Raj Bhavans in the next two weeks, Goa Governor B V Wanchoo is understood to have offered to resign during a meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Wanchoo’s reported move come amid NDA government putting pressure on the UPA appointed governors to quit so as to help its own nominees. Another issue that could be in the mind of Wanchoo could be the CBI plans to question him as a witness in the AgustaWestland chopper scam case.
The former SPG chief had expressed his desire to quit when he called on Rajnath. His tenure will end in May 2017 and as per the 2010 Supreme Court order, the government cannot summarily sack him.
The meeting came as several governors met Rajnath in the past one week. Haryana’s Jagannath Pahadia, whose term ends late next month, also met Singh. The meetings were described as “courtesy calls”.
The government is hoping that more governors will quit like B L Joshi (UP Governor) and Shekhar Dutt (Chhattisgarh).
Sources said the government plans to appoint some senior BJP leaders as governors before the budget session starts. Lalji Tandon’s name is speculated for Uttarakhand governorship, while V K Malhotra could be sent to Karnataka.
Two other governors — Ashwini Kumar of Nagaland and M K Narayanan of West Bengal — are believed to have conveyed to the Centre their willingness to step down from their posts.
Narayanan may also be question by the CBI in the chopper scam case.