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Appointment of governors a prerogative of the government: HR Bhardwaj

Jun 17, 2014 11:17 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Refusing to have resigned from his post of Karnataka Governor, HR Bhardwaj said that the appointment of Governors is a policy decision taken by the Cabinet and if it decides to have a change in guard, no one can stop them. "Change of government means change of system, governors are prerogatives of new government," Bhardwaj said.

Speaking to CNN-IBN on Tuesday, Bhardwaj also ruled out any kind of communication from the Centre over his removal from the post. "I have asked for the appointment with the Home Minister in next one or two days and I will meet the Prime Minister," he said.

He also maintained that it would be wrong for the governors appointed by the Congress to quit after the BJP government taking charge. "It will be a wrong move. It shows that hostility towards the new government, why should they do it," Bhardwaj said.

Bhardwaj was appointed the Governor of Karnataka in 2009 by then ruling UPA government at the Centre. He also has been Governor of Kerala from 2012 until 2013. He was the minister of state for nine years and a cabinet minister for law and justice for five years from 2004 to 2009 in the UPA-I government.

The debate over the change of governors has erupted after sources said that the Narendra Modi government is likely to remove or transfer governors appointed by the UPA government. Amid speculations of their resignations, Karnataka Governor and Assam Governor JB Patnaik met President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday.