The corridors of power in New Delhi had started discussing the names of probable heavyweights likely to join Raj Bhavan in Jammu and Kashmir
As per political grapevine on June 19, 2018, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was sitting in her office chamber in the civil secretariat when a direct call from Raj Bhavan changed the course of state politics.
It was evident Governor NN Vohra would be returning to New Delhi but the manner in which he was finally shunted out of the office has left behind a bitter taste
In a brief chat the caller, Governor NN Vohra himself, intimated to her that BJP has withdrawn the support from her alliance government and the state party Chief had sent a letter announcing their withdrawal of support.
Two months later, a similar sequence of events unfolded.
This time Governor NN Vohra was undergoing routine health check-ups in New Delhi along with his wife on August 21 when he was intimated by the Union Home Ministry about the decision to appoint new Governor for the state of Jammu and Kashmir in his place. Before heading to New Delhi Governor had attended to his routine engagements and even went around the downtown areas to supervise the arrangements ahead of EID celebrations in the valley.
Stunned, Vohra was left with no choice either but to stay put in New Delhi.
Next morning newly appointed Governor Satya Pal Malik took a chartered plane from Patna, owned by Dainik Bhaskar Group, to land straight in Srinagar.
Next day he took an oath of office and secrecy leaving behind Vohra stranded in New Delhi. Vohra even remained conspicuous with his absence during the oath ceremony.
He was later accorded formal farewell by the state on August 24 in the lawns of SKICC.
An all-party delegation led by Dr Farooq Abdullah and former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti called on him and bid him farewell.
What was the hurry?
For almost last two to three weeks the corridors of power in New Delhi had started discussing the names of probable heavyweights likely to join Raj Bhavan in Jammu and Kashmir.
It was evident Governor NN Vohra would be returning to New Delhi but the manner in which he was finally shunted out of the office has left behind a bitter taste. Vohra had completed two terms in office. He took over the charge at the peak of Amarnath land row in 2008 and served the state for two consecutive terms.
Whatever may be the circumstances who so ever was pulling the strings was implementing the picture perfect script for the audience to see and enjoy the ‘theatre of politics’.
After the fall of the BJP-PDP government in the state, it is widely believed Governor NN Vohra might have crossed paths with high and mighty in the corridors of power or had annoyed them by taking a firm stand on maintaining status quo with regard to Article 35-A which grants special status to citizens of Jammu and Kashmir.
A section of political observers also feels Governor NN Vohra was not ready to play ball as regards formation of new government in the state.
Whatever may be the circumstances who so ever was pulling the strings was implementing the picture perfect script for the audience to see and enjoy the ‘theatre of politics’. Now it remains to be seen whether the new Governor Satya Pal Malik would act merely as a rubber stamp of the centre by occupying his cozy seat in the Raj Bhavan or would follow the footprints of NN Vohra by not compromising his authority for petty politics.
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