Lucknow: With the seventh phase of Uttar Pradesh elections round the corner and date of results approaching closer, the activities at Governor’s residence is also gaining momentum.

After the trend of coalition politics acquired prominence in the 1990s, the government in state was formed only after rounds of massive calculations and arrangements barring 2007, when the Bahujan Samaj Party recorded an absolute majority.

Counting of votes in the state is scheduled on March 6 and final results are likely to be declared on the same day. While exploring all the possibilities post results, the Governor is reviewing situations and decisions taken in the past.

The Governor is busy evaluating options and does not have any program lined up till the first week of this month. However, it is true that after electing the Chief Minister, the state would need a succeeding Governor to take the oath on April 11 this year.

According to the constitutional provision, until the appointment of the new Governor, the sitting Governor can continue on the post with no time limit. Governor BL Joshi is likely to continue for a few more months after April.

Joshi was sworn in as the Governor of UP on July 28, 2009. Earlier, he had taken oath as the Governor of Meghalaya on April 12, 2007 and was ‘transferred’ to be made the Governor of Uttarakhand. As a result, his term has been added to April 12, 2007, which will expire on April 11, 2012.

Sources claim that the appointment of the next Governor would depend on the poll results. The Centre will arrive on a decision only after the clouds of uncertainty move away to give a clear picture of the state.  

However, Joshi has kept away from controversies and has taken several tough decisions in silence. Moreover, he refused to give his nod to the decisions taken by the Mayawati government to which he did not agree.