Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan Submits his Resignation Letter

January 27, 2017 09:13
Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan Submits his Resignation Letter

After facing sexual harassment allegations, Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan resigned on Thursday.

A section of Raj Bhavan employees had demanded the removal of the governor for "seriously compromising" the dignity of the gubernatorial office.

Official sources said "67-year-old Shanmuganathan tendered his resignation from the post. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma had said earlier in the day said that he was waiting for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Home Ministry to take a call."

Around 100 Raj Bhavan staff in Shillong filed a petition to President Pranab Mukherjee, the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. In the petition, the staff demanded the removal of the Governor and restore the dignity of Raj Bhavan.

The employees had alleged that Shanmuganathan had "seriously compromised" the dignity of the Raj Bhavan and made it a 'young ladies club'.

"It has become a place where young ladies come and go at will on direct orders of the Governor... Many of them have direct access to his bedroom."

Shanmuganathan became the Governor of Meghalaya in May 2015. He also attended a Republic Day celebration in Arunachal Pradesh, whose additional charge he holds since November last year following the removal of Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa.

Women activists also began a signature campaign seeking Shanmuganathan's removal. The campaign, spearheaded by women-led Civil Society Women Organisation (CSWO) and Thma u Rangli (TUR), was launched due to reports of improper behaviour by the Governor.

A woman job aspirant also accused the governor of making advances when she appeared for an interview at the Raj Bhavan.

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