Other new Gov­er­nors

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As­sam Jagdish Mukhi

Arunachal Pradesh Brigadier (Dr) BD Mishra (Re­tired)

Bi­har Satya Pal Ma­lik

Megha­laya Ganga Prasad

An­daman & Ni­co­bar (Lt Gover­nor) Ad­mi­ral Deven­dra Ku­mar Joshi

PRES­I­DENT Ram Nath Kovind Satur­day made the much-awaited cru­cial an­nounce­ment of ap­point­ments of new gov­er­nors in five states and a new Lieu­tenant Gover­nor in the Union Ter­ri­tory of An­daman and Ni­co­bar Is­lands. The states which got new gov­er­nors are Arunachal Pradesh, As­sam, Bi­har, Megha­laya and Tamil Nadu. A state­ment from the Pres­i­dent’s of­fice said the ap­point­ments will come into ef­fect from the date the in­cum­bents as­sume charge of the new post. Sources said the Pres­i­dent would soon ap­point gov­er­nors in some other states such as Gu­jarat, Te­len­gana and Andhra Pradesh since the ap­point­ments have been due for quite some time in these states as well. Here’s a brief pro­file of four gov­er­nors and the LG.

Jagdish Mukhi - As­sam

Mukhi, the lieu­tenant gover­nor of An­daman and Ni­co­bar is­lands, has been ap­pointed the gover­nor of As­sam. Mukhi, a BJP vet­eran, pre­vi­ously held var­i­ous pro­files in the Delhi gov­ern­ment such as Fi­nance, Plan­ning, Ex­cise & Tax­a­tion and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion. In the Delhi as­sem­bly, he led the op­po­si­tion for al­most 10 years and rep­re­sented the Janakpuri con­stituency for sev­eral terms start­ing 1980, win­ning the seat seven times.

Ganga Prasad Megha­laya

Prasad, a se­nior BJP leader from Bi­har who served the party in var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties, has been named the Gover­nor of Megha­laya. Prasad was an MLC in Bi­har for 18 years. He led the op­po­si­tion as an MLC for five of those years.

Brigadier Dr BD Mishra (retd) - Arunachal Pradesh

Mishra, who served in var­i­ous wars and op­er­a­tional roles for the na­tion, has been ap­pointed the Gover­nor of Arunachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh did not have a full-time gover­nor since the sack­ing of Jy­oti Prasad Ra­jkhowa on Septem­ber 12, 2016. Na­ga­land gover­nor Pad­man­abha Acharya was hold­ing the ad­di­tional charge of the state since then. Mishra re­tired from the army on July 31, 1995, as brigadier, af­ter an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer in the forces, be­gin­ning as a per­ma­nent reg­u­lar in­fantry of­fi­cer, on De­cem­ber 17, 1961. It was Mishra who led a team of Black Cat com­man­dos that res­cued all the pas­sen­gers safely from a hijacked In­dian Air­lines plane on April 24, 1993.

Satya Pal Ma­lik - Bi­har

Former Union min­is­ter Satya Pal Ma­lik has been ap­pointed the Gover­nor of po­lit­i­cally-sen­si­tive Bi­har. Ma­lik has held many im­por­tant po­si­tions in both the Cen­tre and the state. The va­cancy arose in Bi­har Raj Bha­van af­ter its former oc­cu­pant Ram Nath Kovind was elected as Pres­i­dent of In­dia. Ma­lik (71) was a min­is­ter of state in the 1990s and is a three-term Par­lia­men­tar­ian. He has also been the chair­man and mem­ber of many im­por­tant Par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tees dur­ing his long po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

Ad­mi­ral Deven­dra Ku­mar Joshi An­daman & Ni­co­bar Is­lands

Deven­dra Ku­mar Joshi has been ap­pointed as the lieu­tenant gover­nor of An­daman and Ni­co­bar is­lands. Joshi was the Chief of Naval Staff from Au­gust 31, 2012, to Fe­bru­ary 26, 2014. He re­signed in the mid­dle of his ten­ure as navy chief in 2014 fol­low­ing a spate of ac­ci­dents that had raised se­ri­ous ques­tions about the safety record of the force, be­com­ing the first armed forces chief to quit since In­de­pen­dence. He was to re­tire in Au­gust 2015. Joshi has to his credit the Param Vishisht Seva Medal, the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal, Yudh Seva Medal, Nau Sena Medal and the Vishisht Seva Medal. He also worked as de­fence ad­viser in the In­dian High Com­mis­sion in Sin­ga­pore from 1996 to 1999.

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