According to reliable sources with the Congress, former Law Minister and Karnataka Governor Hansraj Bhardwaj proposed to resign from the post while last phase polling was going on in 41 constituencies spreading over three states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand on May 12.

Bhardwaj has requested party president Sonia Gandhi to allow him to tender resignation soon after declaration of Lok Sabha poll results on May 16. However, neither party high command nor Rajbhawan wants to divulge it because the move may spread message that party conceded defeat before counting of votes.

Those Governors, who remained politically active after assuming charge of constitutional post, are very worried. Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit, Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil, Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva and Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal may face the axe if the BJP leader Narendra Modi becomes Prime Minister after the general elections.

Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi, Aziz Qureshi of Uttarakhand, DY Patil of Bihar, Syed Ahmed of Jharkhand, Urmila Singh of Himachal Pradesh, K Sankaranarayanan of Maharashtra, K Rosaiah of Tamil Nadu, SC Jamir of Odisha, Srinivas Patil of Sikkim, JB Patnaik of Assam, Virendra Kataria of Puducherry, V Purushothaman of Mizoram, Ashwani Kumar of Nagaland and Devanand Konwar of Tripura are searching for new roles.

Only few of them can be accommodated in party organization. They are in constant touch with party leadership who advised them to maintain certain degree of silence till the final results were declared on May 16.  

(JPN/Bureau)

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