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The Narendra Modi-led NDA government is considering replacing Governors of five states appointed by the outgoing Congress-led UPA government. The five states are Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, West Bengal, and Madhya Pradesh. Also Read - No Plans To Club Remaining West Bengal Poll Phases into One, Says Election Commission
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The governors who are on Modi government’s radar are: Sheila Dixit of Kerala, B L Joshi (Uttar Pradesh), Ram Naresh Yadav (Madhya Pradesh), MK Narayanan (West Bengal) and Shivraj Patil (Punjab). The Modi-led NDA is also looking for replacement of Governor’s of another eight states who are due to retire by the end of this year.
Senior BJP leader, Murli Manohar Joshi who did not find a place in the cabinet, might be appointed as the next governor of Maharashtra. Jaswant Singh, who fought elections after leaving the party may as well get a look in as the next governor of Tamil Nadu.
Other names doing the rounds as Governor’s include BC Khanduri, Kesri Nath Tripathi, Kalyan Singh, Lalji Tandon, Shanta Kumar, VK Malhotra.
The Congress-led UPA government resorted to the same thing in 2004 when it removed Governor’s appointed by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government. The UPA government then removed Haryana’s Babu Parmanand, UP’s Vishnu Kant Shastri, Goa’s Kidar Nath Sahani and Gujarat’s Kailashpati Mishra.
Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal with whom Modi had major differences when he was Gujarat chief minister, may be spared as her term ends in October.