Bengal governor M.K. Narayanan resigns



West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan has resigned, a state minister said Monday, becoming the fourth governor to quit since a BJP-led government took office last month.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Partha Chatterjee told the media that the 79-year-old Narayanan's last day of work will be Friday.

Saying the state government was "deeply pained" by Narayanan's "sudden resignation", Chatterjee made an oblique criticism of the Narendra Modi government.

"What good it will do to the state is a subject for those who made this happen," said the minister.

"I am deeply pained at his sudden resignation... We didn't expect this. We have lost a guardian who used to give us advice and used to think about the state.

"We will be in touch with him, but it is a matter of regret that he won't be involved in the state's activities," said Chatterjee.

Narayanan, who was appointed national security advisor to the prime minister in January 2005 by the erstwhile United Progressive Alliance government, took over as the West Bengal governor Jan 24, 2010.

A former Intelligence Bureau chief, Narayanan was questioned by the CBI Friday regarding the purchase of AgustaWestland VVIP helicopters by the erstwhile UPA regime.

The three governors who resigned earlier were B.L. Joshi (Uttar Pradesh), Shekhar Dutt (Chhattisgarh) and Ashwani Kumar (Nagaland). - IANS