Congress-appointed governors of Karnataka, Tripura to retire today

Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj and Tripura Governor Devanand Konwar will retire.

Updated: Jun 28, 2014, 09:06 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj and Tripura Governor Devanand Konwar will on Saturday retire.

Governors of Tamil Nadu and Mizoram have been given the additional charge of Karnataka and Tripura respectively.
Bhardwaj, 77, took charge as the Governor of Karnataka on June 29, 2009, and has been occupying the post since then. He was the Law Minister in UPA-I.

Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah will hold the additional charge of Karnataka until regular arrangements for the office are made, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said on Friday.

71-year-old Konwar, a former Congress Minister in Assam, was first appointed as the governor of Bihar on June 29, 2009, and continued in the post till March 21, 2013. He was then transferred as Governor of Tripura.
Mizoram Governor Vakkom B Purushothaman has been given the additional charge of Tripura while Meghalaya Governor KK Paul will assume the charge of the Governor of Nagaland in addition to his own responsibility. With this, five Raj Bhavans will have vacancies.

Following pressure of the new central government, Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi, Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt and Nagaland Governor Ashwani Kumar stepped down from their respective posts.

Sources have said that the government was considering appointing some BJP veterans as Governors.

Two more Governors, MK Narayanan (West Bengal) and BV Wanchoo (Goa), are expected put in their papers soon, the sources said.

(With PTI inputs)