Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Photo)
Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh is likely to face action for his political remarks in which he supported the return of Narendra Modi as prime minister. After the Election Commission concluded that Singh's remarks are violative of the model code, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday sent the file to the Centre for "necessary action".
Noticeably, this is the first time in the history of independent India that a Governor has been found violating the model code of conduct and campaigning for prime minister.
Addressing BJP workers at his Aligarh residence on March 23, Singh reportedly said, "All of us are BJP workers and we want the party to win. We want Modiji to become the prime minister. It is necessary that Modiji becomes the prime minister again".
Singh made these remarks to placate some agitated BJP members who had gathered outside his house over ticket distribution.
In the 1990s, the Election Commission had expressed displeasure over Himachal Pradesh governor Gulsher Ahmed campaigning for his son during the elections. He had later quit.
Kalyan Singh is a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Singh quit the BJP in 1999 and returned in 2004. In 2014, soon after the BJP came to power, Kalyan Singh was appointed Governor.
On Wednesday, a plea was filed in Rajasthan High Court seeking dismissal of the Governor Kalyan Singh from his post for making statements which allegedly violated the provisions of the Constitution of India.
The petitioner demanded that the Governor either be dismissed or the "respondents" be directed to send a recommendation to President of India to remove him.
The complainant has also requested Union Cabinet Secretary and the Election Commission of India to be made "respondents" in the case.