More than 30 US governors` races will be decided on Tuesday, with more than a dozen considered too close to call and a large number of incumbents struggling to defend their economic policies as they seek to remain in office.
Attacking the NDA government for "forcing" UPA-appointed governors to quit, former Kerala Governor and three-time Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday said the new dispensation targeted the holders of the constitutional office "selectively" and "humiliated" them which does not auger well for democracy.
Names of five senior BJP leaders, including former Petroleum Minister Ram Naik, have been firmed up by the government for appointment as Governors in states including Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Gujarat, highly placed sources said on Sunday.
Congress Wednesday kept up attack on the government over removal of Governors appointed during UPA rule, saying its priority should be to combat inflation and not "shadow boxing" while JD(U) demanded a debate in Parliament over the very need of having Governors.
The Samajwadi Party Tuesday slammed the reported move by BJP government to replace some of the Governors appointed during the UPA rule, saying it was start of "saffronisation" of the country which was "dangerous" for democracy.
Amid reports that a number of Governors appointed by the previous UPA government may be removed, senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi Tuesday urged the NDA government to take a call on the matter on the basis of precedents and the relevant Supreme Court judgement.
Fate of more than ten Governors, including Karnataka`s H R Bhardwaj and Punjab`s Shivraj V Patil, appointed by the outgoing UPA government hangs in balance with indications that the new dispensation may politely ask them to vacate the Raj Bhavans.