New Delhi: Narendra Modi-led NDA government on Sunday transferred Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal to Mizoram, while Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva was given additional responsibility to discharge the functions of Gujarat Governor as well, sources at Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
A major controversy had erupted between Beniwal and Narendra Modi when the Governor had appointed Justice (retd) RA Mehta as Lokayukta in 2011, without consulting the state government.
According to reports, Mizoram Governor Vakkom Purushothaman has also been shifted and has now being appointed as the Nagaland Governor. He will continue to hold additional charge as Tripura Governor as well.
NDA government today announced the new appointments after the Governors of the some states were reportedly asked to step down as they were appointed by the previous UPA government.
Earlier, Uttar Pradesh Governor BL Joshi, Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt and Nagaland Governor Ashwani Kumar had stepped down from their respective posts.
Later, after being quized by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) officials in the VVIP chopper deal, MK Narayanan (West Bengal) and BV Wanchoo (Goa) also had put in their papers.
Meanwhile, Karnataka Governor HR Bhardwaj and Tripura Governor Devanand Konwar retired.
Bhardwaj was the Law Minister in UPA-I government while Konwar was a former Congress minister in Assam. Both were appointed as Governors of their respective states in 2009.