New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Governor Banwari Lal Joshi stepped down on Tuesday. He has sent his papers to the Home Ministry. The move came after the Narendra Modi government was mulling replacing Governors who were appointed by the UPA-II government.
Sources have told CNN-IBN that the NDA government was planning to change the Governors of Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Punjab.
The Governor of Kerala is Sheila Dikshit, Punjab - Shivraj Patil, Madhya Pradesh - Ram Naresh Yadav and West Bengal - MK Narayanan.
Kerala Governor and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit refused to comment. She said, "I can't react to rumors." She was appointed as the Governor of Kerala following poll debacle in the Assembly elections in December last year.
The government is likely to ask President Pranab Mukherjee to ask for their resignation.
According to sources, BL Joshi had earlier resisted the move, unlike others.
Earlier, sources added that a change is in the offing in the poll bound state of Maharashtra. BJP veteran Murli Manohar Joshi was being seen as front runner for the post.
Even in 2004, when the UPA replaced the NDA at the Centre, they also changed the Governors. UPA too had asked for Governors to be removed before their term was over. These included Babu Parmanand (Haryana), Vishnu Kant Shastri (Uttar Pradesh), Kidar Nath Sahani (Goa) and Kailashpati Mishra (Gujarat).