Ever since BJP has come to power at the centre, it has replaced almost all the governors of states, who were appointed by the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government. However, ESL Narasimhan, the Andhra Governor is still standing strong in his place. According to an Indian Express report, Narasimhan’s name is being considered as a candidate for the office of Vice-President of India. Meanwhile, new governors are likely to be appointed in five states. States like Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya have no full-time governors for the last several months. Meanwhile, the five-year tenure of Narasimhan as the governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana got over more than two years ago and he has been on an extension.
Narasimhan, who was appointed the governor of Andhra Pradesh on January 23, 2010, has been holding the office ever since. Apart from Andhra Pradesh, he has been holding the charge of Telangana, which came into existence on June 2, 2014. Meanwhile, according to the IE report, Congress leader Hanumantha Rao met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and sought Narasimhan’s removal. He is said to have complained that the governor was not letting the TRS government in Telangana fulfil its promises made to people. The report said that Rao told Singh that Narasimhan was only interested in ‘visiting temples’. Interestingly, it remains to be clear if Rao’s moves are backed by Congress which had appointed Narasimhan in the first place.
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Before Andhra Pradesh, Narasimhan was the Director of the Intelligence Bureau until 2006 and then became the Governor of Chhattisgarh from 2007 to 2010. Narasimhan belongs to the 1968 batch of IPS from Andhra Pradesh cadre. He served as the First Secretary in the Embassy of India in Moscow from 1981 to 1984, according to agency reports. On 27 December 2009, Narasimhan took additional charge as acting Governor of Andhra Pradesh, from Narayan Dutt Tiwari, who resigned after a sex scandal.
Narasimhan was also involved in a few controversies during the president’s rule in undivided Andhra Pradesh from 1 May 2014 to 1 June 2014. It will be an interesting move by BJP if it decides to make the UPA-appointed governor, the next Vice President.