BL Joshi, the Governor of Uttar Pradesh resigned from his post on 17 June 2014. Joshi who was serving the state as its Governor for second term has sent his resignation to Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India. Following resignation of Joshi, the President gave the additional charge of UP to Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi.
BL Joshi (78), a retired Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, was appointed Governor of Uttar Pradesh on 28 July 2009. Earlier, between 2004 and 2007, Joshi served Delhi as Lt Governor. Before being shifted to Uttar Pradesh, he served Meghalaya and Uttarakhand as its Governor.
Comment and Analysis
With the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi thinking to nudge 7 Governors appointed by UPA government to demit office, the Office of Governor once again has come into question. Although as per Article 155 of the Constitution, Governor of a State is appointed by the President and remains in office at the pleasure of the President. But since pleasure of the President rests upon the advice given by the Council of Ministers, often this Constitutional post has been used with great disregard by the ruling party in government.
Though in S R Bommai Judgement, Supreme Court laid down the detailed guidelines but the judgement, it seems, has not stopped the ruling party to disregard this post. Even in 2010, upon a petition filed by a BJP Parliamentarian, SC had given directives to the UPA government. The court in its direction said that any government cannot remove a governor in an arbitrary and capricious manner with the change of the power as they are not employees of union government. The court also said that he/she can be replaced only under compelling reasons of misconduct or any other irregularity.
The 2010 judgement of the court came in the backdrop of decision of UPA government taken in 2004 of sacking BJP-appointed governors. Following the then direction a MP of BJP moved to Supreme Court with the case.
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Who: BL Joshi
When: 17 June 2014