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Governors cannot be transferred like clerks, says former Nagaland Governor

Jul 11, 2014 12:40 PM IST Politics Politics

New Delhi: Lashing out at the Central government after he was transferred from Mizoram without consultation, Nagaland Governor Vakkom Purushothaman said "I did not like the way I was transferred. Governors cannot be transferred like clerks."

Earlier in the day Purushothaman sent his resignation from the post of Nagaland Governor to President Pranab Mukehrjee. His move came in retaliation to his transfer from Mizoram to Nagaland on Sunday. Purushothaman claimed that he was not consulted regarding his transfer.

"Governor's post is a constitutional post and they should not be transferred like clerks or lower level officers, whichever government does it, whether UPA or NDA, it's not right," he said.

Purushothaman, a veteran Congress leader and former Kerala minister, said he would get actively involved with party politics but not in electoral politics.

In a reshuffle of governors effected by the Centre on July 6, Gujarat Governor Kamala Beniwal was transferred to Mizoram while Purushothaman was transferred and appointed as Governor of Nagaland.

He was also given additional charge of the office of Governor of Tripura. He was sworn-in as the Mizoram Governor on 2 September 2011.

He is the sixth governor to resign after the Narendra Modi government took charge at the Centre. So far, the governors of Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, West Bengal and Goa have stepped down.