Addressing the concluding session of 47th Governors' Conference in Rashtrapati Bhawan, he pitched for extending the spirit of 'cooperative federalism' to 'competitive federalism' which will involve healthy competition among states and between the states and the Centre.

The Prime Minister said Governors occupy a unique high position, owing to their vast experience, and the prestigious nature of their post, a PMO statement said.

"They can hence work as catalytic agents in the states, speeding up and improving processes without themselves becoming a part of them," he added, according to the statement.

PM Modi urged all Governors to think about some form of legacy which they would leave behind at the end of their terms, as their contribution to the states.

His remarks about the role of Governors assume significance as these came against the backdrop of controversy over certain actions of Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa, including calling of Assembly session bypassing the Chief Minister.

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