"We are not working with vendetta against anyone. But those who have been political appointees, their appointees are no longer there in power. We cannot stop anyone from stepping down as per their own conscience," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters. (Agencies)
Hussain said the NDA was not asking anyone to quit from their posts but reminded the political appointees that the government at the Centre has now changed.
To a question on the Planning Commission, he said the government is discussing the role of such institutions, which are meant for public good, but took a jibe at the panel which defined Rs 26 as the yardstick for assessing those who were considered above poverty line.
"There is a debate on the role of such organisations which were formed for the benefit of the country to do public good. The government will address the issue," he said.
The BJP leader also took a jibe at Congress saying its leaders have yet to realise that they are out of power now.
Attacking former union minister P Chidambaram for recalling the legacy "left behind" by the previous Congress government, Hussain said the public has already "left Congress far behind" through their verdict.
"P Chidambaram is recalling the legacy and has used the word "left behind" many times in his press conference. He should understand that people of the country have left them far behind. Congress cannot believe they are out of power," he said
Hussain said the condition in which Congress left the country's economy, the people are "angry" over it and have given them a lesson by throwing them out of power in which "the previous Finance Minister also had a big role to play because of the way the economy was badly handled".
Governors should follow conscience: Javadekar
The BJP-led NDA government will follow the Constitution on change of state Governors, but Governors and other political appointees should 'follow their conscience,’ Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (Independent charge), Prakash Javadekar said.
"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'.
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.
"We are not working with vendetta against anyone. But those who have been political appointees, their appointees are no longer there in power. We cannot stop anyone from stepping down as per their own conscience," BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain told reporters.