Other new Governors
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.