"The party gives no directions to those appointed to Constitutional positions. We have a complete hands-off policy. Irrespective of change of government, constitutional mandate, decorum and tradition need to be respected by the government of the day, that is our expectation," Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said. (Agencies)
"We expect the government of the day to follow primary norms, traditions and practices of continuation of constitutionally-appointed persons to high offices," Surjewala added.
He was reacting to a query whether the Congress high command has asked the Governors to quit in the wake of change of guard.
Media reports have it that the fate of more than ten Governors, including Karnataka's HR Bhardwaj and Punjab's Shivraj V Patil, appointed by the previous UPA government, hangs in balance with indications that the new dispensation may politely ask them to vacate the Raj Bhavans.
Officials said that the Narendra Modi government is unlikely to go for wholesale sacking of Governors but there is every possibility that some of them may be politely asked to put in papers to pave the way for new appointments.
"It is quite normal for a new government to ask some of the occupants of Raj Bhavans to resign as their scheme of things may not suit those holding the high constitutional posts," an official said.
Among the Governors, Bhardwaj (Karnataka), Jagannath Pahadiya (Haryana), Devanand Konwar (Tripura) and Margaret Alva (Rajasthan) will complete their five-year term in the next three-four months.
While Bhardwaj had a strained relationship with the previous BJP government in Karnataka, Alva reportedly shares cordial relations with Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
Those who will complete their tenure in six to eight months are Kamla Beniwal (Gujarat), MK Narayanan (West Bengal), JB Patnaik (Assam), Patil (Punjab) and Urmila Singh (Himachal Pradesh).
Beniwal's spat with Modi government in Gujarat over appointment of Lokayukta in the state is well known.
Former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit was appointed as Kerala Governor in March this year, Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra was given a second term in April 2013 and former Home Secretary VK Duggal was appointed as Governor of Manipur in December 2013.
The other Governors who may come under review of the NDA government are BL Joshi (serving his second term in Uttar Pradesh), BV Wanchoo (Goa), K Sankaranarayanan (who is serving his second term in Maharashtra), K Rosaiah (Tamil Nadu), Ram Naresh Yadav (Madhya Pradesh), DY Patil (Bihar), Shriniwas Dadasaheb Patil (Sikkim), Aziz Quereshi (Uttarakhand), Vakkom Purushothaman (Mizoram) and Syed Ahmed (Jharkhand).
Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutta, Arunachal Pradesh's Lt General (retd) Nirbhay Sharma, Nagaland's Ashwani Kumar and Meghalaya's KK Paul may also come under the scrutiny of the new government.
"The party gives no directions to those appointed to Constitutional positions. We have a complete hands-off policy. Irrespective of change of government, constitutional mandate, decorum and tradition need to be respected by the government of the day, that is our expectation," Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala said.