"I expect that government will follow the Constitution and Governors and other appointees should follow their conscience," he said responding to media reports over the Centre seeking the resignation of some state governors appointed by the previous Congress led UPA government.
     
"We have not sought resignation of state Governors,” he said pointing out that when he was State Planning Commission Deputy chairman in Maharashtra in 1994-96, he had resigned soon after the results were out.
     
"The day we lost elections one hour after results came; I gave my resignation immediately to the Chief Secretary. And next day I left the government bungalow and went to MLA's quarters without somebody asking me,” he said.
    
“My conscience tells me that when I am appointed as a non official political appointment when people have given mandate differently, then I must respect that mandate. That's my commitment to democratic principles,” he said.
     
When pointed that asking Governors to resign was against a Supreme Court ruling of 2010, he said 'no Supreme Court decision has stopped anyone from resigning'

"I resigned because I respect democracy, I respect the mandate, I understand the political meaning of the mandate," he said.
    
On charges of rape against Union minister Nihal Chand Meghwal, Javadekar said there was no mention of his name in the first three complaints when the victim's statement was recorded.
     
"BJP has issued a detailed point by point answer in its website," he said adding that the matter is sub-judice.

(Agencies)

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