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'Centre should sack Andhra Governor Tiwari'

By Mohammed Siddique
December 25, 2009 17:04 IST
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The leader of opposition in Andhra Pradesh assembly and Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu on Friday demanded the immediate sacking of the state Governor N D Tiwari for his alleged involvement in a 'sex scandal' in Raja Bhavan in Hyderabad.

"The only way for him is to resign or the Centre should sack him," he said.

He made the demand after a local television channel broadcast a footage showing the happenings in Raj Bhavan late in the night. The television report also alleged that many important people, including some members of Parliament, were also involved in the sordid affair.

"It is very fortunate and shocking incident. The values and ethics have gone down and institutions which are like temples of democracy have been degenerated," he said.

"Never in the past have we witnessed such incidents," he said.

Naidu demanded a CBI inquiry in to the matter.

As ABN channel showed the footage, there was angry reaction from all over the state and the effigy of the governor was burnt in Vijaywada, Visakhapatanam, Kurnool, Hyderabad and many other places.

Several civil society organisations, including women's organisations, have demanded Governor Tiwari's immediate dismissal.

Interestingly, the expose came just when there was a talk of the centre changing the state governor in view of volatile political situation over the Telangana issue.

It may be mentioned here that Tiwari, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal, had faced a paternity case from a youth but Tiwari had refused to undergo DNA test.

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