U.P. Governor B.L. Joshi resigns a day after Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami calls up at least five Governors including K. Sankaranarayanan and M.K. Narayanan.

Uttar Pradesh Governor B.L. Joshi resigned on Tuesday after a nudge from the Centre to some Governors appointed by the previous UPA government to quit.

His resignation has been received, Home Ministry sources told PTI.

The tenure of Mr. Joshi had expired a few months ago and he was sworn in again for another term.

But his resignation came a day after Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami called up at least five Governors including K. Sankaranarayanan of Maharashtra to put in their papers in the wake of change of government.

Though nothing has been officially disclosed, it is understood that other Governors who have been told to quit may include M.K. Narayanan (West Bengal) and Kamla Beniwal (Gujarat).

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reportedly commented that if he were in their place he would have quit.

Kerala Governor Sheila Dikshit, a former Delhi Chief Minister said she cannot comment on media reports.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva met Prime Minister Narendra Modi which was described as a courtesy call. She is also scheduled to call on the President Pranab Mukherjee.

Ms. Alva, who completes her five year term in August, is understood to have not been sounded out yet.

Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardawaj, who like Ms. Beniwal did not share a good rapport with the BJP government in the State, also called on the President on Tuesday.

Assam Governor, J.B. Patnaik, who also met the President told reporters that he has not resigned. “If there is a rumour (about his resignation), I cannot help,” he said.

Mr. Patnaik, a former Congress Chief Minister of Odisha, said meeting the President, who is his friend, did not mean that he was resigning.

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Serving Governors appointed during UPA regime

Name State Since
H.R. Bhardwaj Karnataka June 2009
Jagannath Pahadia Haryana July 2009
J.B. Patnaik Assam November 2009
Kamla Beniwal Gujarat November 2009
Shivraj Patil Punjab January 2010
Urmila Singh Himachal Pradesh January 2010
E.S.L. Narasimhan Andhra Pradesh; Telangana (additional charge since June 2, 2014) January 2010
K. Sankaranarayanan Maharashtra January 2010
Vakkom Purushothaman Mizoram August 2011
K. Rosaiah Tamil Nadu August 2011
Ram Naresh Yadav Madhya Pradesh August 2011
Syed Ahmed Jharkhand September 2011
B.V. Wanchoo Goa April 2012
Margaret Alva Rajasthan May 2012
Aziz Quereshi Uttarakhand May 2012
D.Y. Patil Bihar March 2013
N.N. Vohra Jammu and Kashmir April 2013
Nirbhay Sharma Arunachal Pradesh May 2013
Shriniwas Dadasaheb Patil Sikkim July 2013
V.K. Duggal Manipur December 2013
Sheila Dikshit Kerala March 2014
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