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Goa Governer B V Wanchoo offers to quit?

India TV News Desk 24 Jun 2014, 21:12:22 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Goa Governor B V Wanchoo is understood to have offered to quit as government is reportedly considering appointing some BJP veterans in the vacancies arising out of resignations of incumbents.

63-year-old Wanchoo, who may be questioned as a witness in the AugustaWestland helicopter scam, is said to have conveyed his desire during a meeting with Home Minister Rajnath Singh today.

While governors of Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh have already quit, sources said that many others have been sounded out.

The sources said that government was considering appointing some BJP veterans as Governors.

Asked when the new appointments are likely to be made, the source said, “Likely to be before the Parliament session.”

Replying to another query on total numbers of governors who will be changed, the source said, “Over 10 easily.”

Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia also met Singh today.

Meanwhile, BJP veteran Lalji Tandon, who is said to be one of the probables for governorship, also met the Home Minister.

Two 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 following the NDA government's pressure on some of them to quit.

63-year-old Kumar, a retired IPS officer who had served as director of CBI, is said to have conveyed to the home ministry his desire to quit as soon as formally asked, sources said.

Narayanan is learnt to have sought some time to take a decision on his resignation and conveyed to the government that no pressure should be brought on him during this period.

Narayanan, too, is a former IPS officer who had served as director of Intelligence Bureau during Rajiv Gandhi days and was the National Security Advisor during UPA.