There is nothing wrong in the appointment of former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam as the Governor of Kerala, newly-appointed Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh said today.
"What is wrong in it if a former CJI is made Governor of Kerala. He is very eligible, honest and has a long experience of judiciary," Singh said at a press conference here.
On Congress' objection to the appointment, Singh said, "I do not agree with it. Congress has nothing left to do. They are unnecessarily finding faults. They are unable to tolerate their defeat (in Lok Sabha polls)."
When asked if BJP has sidelined him by appointing him as the Governor, he said, "I have not been sidelined, but the party has given me honour. I am a disciplined soldier of the party. I have been given an important responsibility."
When asked if he was reluctant to become the Governor, he said, "Forget the past."
Hailing Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Singh said, "I have come here to assist the government and not as its competitor."
"I have come as a 'janta ka sevak' (public servant) in Rajasthan which has a glorious past and history. The Chief Minister here is very competent, able, confident and struggling for the welfare of the poor people.
"Late Mrs Vijay Raje Scindia had given love (to me) like a son and honour too. Now, I feel that I have come to my younger sister's (Raje) home as an elder brother. It is a constitutional post. I will not cross the line. This is my new inning after active politics of 60 years in Uttar Pradesh," he said.
On his supporters raising slogans like "Jai Shri Ram" during his swearing-in ceremony, he said, "This is related to people's 'shradha aur nishtha' (feelings), no one can restrict it."
On party patriarch L K Advani not being included in BJP's Parliamentary Board, Kalyan Singh termed it an organisational decision and said it was the time to give more opportunity to youngsters.
"No reaction on it. It is related to organisational decision. No comments."
"This is a time to give more and more opportunity to youngsters. This should be done in every political party," he said.
When questioned if like former acting Governor Ram Naik, who had sought to drop honorific word "Mahamahim" from his name, he will use any other synonym, Singh said, "'Mananiya' (honourable) word should be used".
When asked if it was BJP's stand to replace "Mahamahim" word with "Mananiya", Singh said, "It is our (he and Ram Naik) decision. We are both in BJP.
"I also do not like the use of words 'Janta Darbar' and will prefer 'Janta Darshan', as public come to us and we see them (during such programmes).
"I will not hold any parallel 'Janta Darshan' because a competent government led by an able CM will do it. I am sure the state government will not only listen to public grievances but will also redress them," he said.
Singh's swearing-in ceremony today was witnessed by former Congress Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, former Haryana Governor Jagannath Paharia and Raje's Cabinet colleagues, among others.
Thousands of people from Uttar Pradesh also thronged the tent erected for the swearing-in ceremony amid intermittent rains.