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Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan resigns; allegations of compromising dignity of Raj Bhavan

In a shocking development in the north-eastern state of India, Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan resigned over the allegations of degarding the Raj Bhavan’s dignity. 

Shanmuganathan has been facing sexual harassment charges for quite some time now.

The 67-year-old Shanmuganathan leader has resigned from the governor post and tendered it from the post to the President of India.

Earlier on yesterday, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma indicated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Home Ministry will take a call on the allegations on the governor.

In a very first of its kinds, nearly hundreds of the Meghalaya’s Raj Bhawan staff petitioned the Indian leaders such the President,  the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister to seek their intervention for restoring the lost dignity of the Raj Bhawan by removing the Governor. 

 V Shanmuganathan, Meghalaya Governor

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These employees alleged that the governor had seriously compromised the Raj Bhavan dignity. They also said that Shanmuganathan has converted the Bhawan into a ‘young ladies club’.

The petition blames that “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. V Shanmuganathan joined the post of Meghalaya’s governor in May 2015. He also celebrated the Republic Day in Arunachal Pradesh. He has additional responsibility of governing Arunachal Pradesh as well since last November, after the removal of Mr. Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa.

After many reports of inappropriate behavior by the state governor, many women activist organizations such as Civil Society Women Organisation (CSWO) and Thma u Rangli (TUR) ran a signature campaign for the removal of Shanmuganathan. The campaign, spearheaded by women-led , was launched following reports of inappropriate behavior by the Governor.

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