Sheila impact: Shashi Tharoor worried by 'slow-motion assassination' of governors

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Bangalore, Aug 27: Thiruvananthapuram MP and former Union minister Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday expressed his displeasure over the resignation of Sheila Dikshit as the governor of Kerala on Tuesday.

In an opinionated article in NDTV, Tharoor, a former diplomat at the United Nations and a reputed author, said: "As the MP for Thiruvananthapuram, the state capital, I won't conceal my disappointment at seeing her go. Sheila-ji brought to her office a wealth of political experience and administrative ability, as well as the indefinable qualities of style and grace. Her tenure as Governor lasted barely six months, but it was marked by swift and impressive decision-making in the few areas under her direct authority, as well as a genuine interest in Kerala and its cultural heritage."

Dikshit, the former Congress chief minister of Delhi, became the eighth UPA-era governor to have been pressurised by the new BJP-led government at the Centre to quit office, Tharoor wrote in his piece.

Tharoor urged parties to arrive at a consensus on the code of conduct on Guvs

Tharoor, who won his second term in the Lok Sabha earlier this year, said the practice of sacking governors appointed by the previous regime started in 1977 when the victorious Janata Party showed the doors to a number of incumbents appointed by Indira Gandhi, who had lost the election that year. "It has continued pretty much ever since, and is a practice of which all governments, and therefore all parties, are guilty," Tharoor wrote.

He said it is high time that the parties reached a consensus on a code of conduct about the governors so that the "slow-motion assassinations" of the high constitutional rank-holders in India could be stopped.

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