According to reports, Joshi’s resignation has been accepted by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the files have been sent to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

Modi's government purportedly wants to replace all the six Governors appointed by the UPA, reports said.

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The names follow as M K Narayanan in West Bengal, Sheila Dikshit in Kerala, Margaret Alva in Rajasthan, Kamla Beniwal in Gujarat, K Sankaranarayanan in Maharashtra and Devendra Konwar in Tripura.

The government is likely to request President Pranab Mukherjee to ask for the resignations of aforesaid governors.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has meanwhile sought details of the tenures of at least eight Governors, who are due to retire by the year-end.

BJP’s prominent leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, Kalyan Singh, Shanta Kumar BC Khanduri, Lalji Tandon, Kesri Nath Tripathi and VK Malhotra are said to be in the race for the Governors’ posts. Jaswant Singh, who had contested as an independent candidate from Barmer, is also being considered for the coveted post.

However, Sheila Dikshit, who was made the Governor of Kerala in March 2014 after the Congress party’s humiliating defeat in Delhi Assembly polls, refused to comment on the latest developments.

Adding to this, at least one of the Governors is learnt to have turned down the Centre's suggestion and said if the government wants her to quit before the term ends then it should convey the same in writing.

The NDA government seems to be repeating the history created by the UPA government, which got rid of BJP appointees in Raj Bhavans, including Vishnukant Shastri (UP), Kailashpati Mishra (Gujarat), Babu Parmananad (Haryana) and Kedarnath Sahni (Goa) after coming to power in 2004.

The decision led to a major squabble between NDA and UPA in which BJP MP B P Singhal went to the Supreme Court the same year, challenging the removal of Governors.

The court then held that the Governors were not employees of the Union Government to warrant removal on the ground of loss of "confidence" in them.

Three Congress appointed Governors to meet President

Three Governors appointed by the former Congress-led UPA Government will be meeting President Pranab Mukherjee this afternoon.

Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj, Assam Governor JB Patnaik and Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva will be meeting the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan here.

Earlier in the day, the Rajasthan Governor called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his official 7, Race Course Road residence here.

"It was a courtesy call," a PMO statement said without giving any further details on the meeting Alva had with Modi at his residence.

The meeting took place amid reports that a number of Governors appointed by the UPA government may be asked to quit.

JPN

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