Assam Governor Syed Sibtey Razi on Tuesday ruled out resigning from his post and dismissed as “totally false and wrong” reports that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asked him to demit office in the wake of the CBI raids on two of his aides when he was Governor of Jharkhand.
“I am not going to resign. I was Governor, I am a Governor and will be Governor till October when my term will come to an end,” he told journalists after meeting with Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram.
Asked for his reaction to reports that the Prime Minister asked him to quit, Mr. Razi said there was no indication from the Prime Minister. “I have no idea what is the basis of the report. This is absolutely false and incorrect. There is no allegation.”
Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office too described the media reports that Mr. Razi has been asked to quit as “totally untrue and baseless.”
AICC general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi also expressed ignorance about any controversy involving the Governor.
“We are not aware of any such thing,” he said. Asked about the possibility of Mr. Razi resigning his post, Congress spokesperson and MP Manish Tiwari said, “he is a constitutional functionary and if there is some information in public domain, it is for him to take a call,” he told journalists.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi refused to react to media reports relating to the Governor. He said there was no complaint or allegation against him as Assam Governor.