Punjab governor resigns, Day after meeting Shah

Wednesday 07th February 2024 06:00 EST

Chandigarh: Punjab governor Banwarilal Purohit, who also serves as Chandigarh UT administrator, submitted his resignation to President Droupadi Murmu, citing personal reasons.

Purohit’s resignation comes a day after his meeting with home minister Amit Shah in New Delhi. Shah’s office had shared a picture of the meeting.

This follows BJP’s victory in Chandigarh mayoral elections on Jan 30, which sparked allegations of rigging from INDIA bloc, comprising AAP and Congress, prompting them to approach Punjab and Haryana HC.

Purohit assumed office in Sept 2021. His tenure of less than three years saw frequent clashes with Bhagwant Mann-led AAP govt over various issues. His relationship with Mann soured after the CM accused him of “ridiculing” the office of the governor, leading to verbal exchanges between the two.Purohit also expressed dissatisfaction with Mann’s refusal to remove a “tainted” minister. The governor’s visits to border villages and objections to certain assembly sessions added to the friction.
The govt also criticised him for not approving five bills passed by the assembly last year.

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