The Raj Bhavan denied the claim and promptly approached the Andhra Pradesh high court yesterday and got an order restraining the channel from telecasting the footage.
The sting operation evoked a string of demands from political parties like the Telugu Desam Party, the Communist Party of India, the CPI (Marxist), and the Bharatiya Janata Party, that the veteran Congress politician be sacked.
Women’s groups also staged demonstrations outside the Raj Bhavan deploring the governor’s unseemly and immoral behaviour and demanding that he step down immediately.
The Congress welcomed the resignation saying Tiwari has taken the appropriate decision. Party sources said the governor of some neighbouring state would be given additional charge of Andhra Pradesh for the time being.
Indications that Tiwari would not be able to continue in the post emerged when the Centre sought a report from the state chief secretary on the issue today. A highly placed Congress sources said Tiwari would have to go in view of the acute embarrassment he had caused the party and its government at the Centre.