Sexual Abuse charges against Governor V Shanmuganathan made a dent in Governor Office’s dignity – Governor V Shanmuganathan resigns

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Governor V Shanmuganathan
Governor V Shanmuganathan

After the Republic Day celebration Governor V Shanmuganathan of Meghalaya resigned over the sexual abuse charges.

On Thursday night Governor V Shanmuganathan resigned after Raj Bhavan employees demanded his removal for “seriously compromising” the dignity of the esteemed office.

While Chief Minister Mukul Sangma had said earlier in the day said that he was waiting for PM Modi and the Home Ministry to take a call on this sensitive issue.

President Pranab Mukherjee received close to 100 Raj Bhavan staff’s petition on this issue , the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking their intervention to remove the Governor and restore the dignity of Raj Bhavan.

The employees had alleged Raj Bhavan has become the ‘young ladies club’ and that Mr. Shanmuganathan had “seriously compromised the dignity of the Raj Bhavan .

“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.”

Mr. Shanmuganathan, who took over as the Governor of Meghalaya in May 2015, on Thursday attended a Republic Day celebration in Arunachal Pradesh, whose additional charge he holds since November last year following the removal of Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa.

A signature campaign here seeking Shanmuganathan’s removal by the women activist. The campaign lead by women-led Civil Society Women Organisation (CSWO) and Thma u Rangli (TUR), based on charges of sexual indecent proposals by Governor based on a woman job aspirant had also accused the governor of making advances when she was appeared for an interview at the Raj Bhavan.