'Centre appointed Governor without consulting Tripura govt'

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Agartala, March 12: Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar on Tuesday criticised the Centre for appointing Devanand Konwar as the new state Governor without consulting the government.

"The way Governor was appointed for our state is unjust and undesirable," Sarkar told reporters here. "In my last 15 years stint as chief minister, I have experienced the convention that Home Minister speak to the chief minister of the respective state and send a list of names of proposed Governors from where the state chooses one name. There were instances that even the home ministry sent a second list from where governor was chosen," he said.

"It was perhaps on March 7, Home Minister Sushil Shinde talked to me regarding appointment of new Governor and I told him that the new ministry has taken oath on Monday. New session of the Assembly would begin on March 15 and the incumbent Governor has also finalised his inaugural address. So it would not be right to change the Governor now. More over Governor is not present in the state right now," the chief minister said.

"We became stunned when our resident commissioner at Tripura Bhavan in Delhi collected the copy of the Rashtrapati Bhavan notification of March 9. It seems that the Centre is imposing their decision on us," Sarkar said. Rastrapati Bhavan made a notification on Saturday (March 9) appointing Devand Konwar, as the Governor of Tripura, who is at present Governor of Bihar.


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