New Delhi: Congress today slammed government`s move to remove Governors appointed during the UPA tenure as "political vendetta" and said the "dictatorial" step will have "serious repercussions".
It asked the central government to ensure constitutional appropriateness.
"Governors being constitutional authorities should not be subjected to a public debate. We ask the central government to ensure constitutional appropriateness. The May 2010 Supreme Court order should be followed in letter and spirit," Chairman of Congress Communication Department Ajay Maken said here.
Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad also reminded the government about the May 2010 judgement of the Supreme Court and said the Centre does not have the brief to remove Governors "in arbitrary and capricious manner with the change of power".
In a statement here, Azad called the "move to remove the Governors of various states as dictatorial".
He lamented that the NDA government, instead of fulfilling its electoral promises, is trying to divert the attention of the nation by indulging in "political vendetta".
The former Union Minister described the idea as "against the very grain of democratic traditions and constitutional propriety".
If at all taken forward, the move will be "fraught with serious repercussions and have a debilitating impact on our constitutional democracy", Azad said.
His statement came amid reports that the government has asked a number of Governors appointed during the UPA tenure to quit.