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Sacked Mizo Guv says he had “feelers” to topple U’khand, UP govts

Aziz Qureshi

Bhopal: Aziz Qureshi who was recently removed as Governor of Mizoram, has claimed that he received “feelers” to topple the Harish Rawat and Akhilesh Yadav governments of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh respectively when he was serving as the Governor in these states.

Qureshi, who formally rejoined the Congress today, however, declined to reveal the names of those who sent him feelers stating he will do that at the right time.

“I was asked to dislodge Harish Rawat government when I was Uttrakhand Governor (May 2012–December 2014). After that I was asked to remove Akhilesh Yadav government when I was the (Acting) Governor of Uttar Pradesh through feelers,” Qureshi told reporters at the state headquarters of the Congress.

Qureshi claimed he was told that if he did so, then he will continue to remain as Governor for the full term and was even offered one more tenure of governorship in lieu of this ‘job’.

The former Governor, however, said he preferred to work honestly, adding, “I never discriminated against anyone.”

When asked to disclose the names of those who sent him the feelers, the 75-year-old leader said “they were politicians,” adding, “I will name them at an appropriate time.”

Qureshi claimed that some people were unhappy with him and met him when he gave his assent to a Bill as the UP Governor for setting up a minority university after freedom fighter Maulana Mohammed Ali Jouhar. It was passed by the assembly and had been pending for nine years.

“I did this after seeking the advice of legal experts including the UP Advocate General. But after my assent, I was accused of being communal by some people,” he added.

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