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IndiaBadnore, Najma, Purohit, Mukhi appointed governors of Punjab, Manipur, Assam, Andeman

Badnore, Najma, Purohit, Mukhi appointed governors of Punjab, Manipur, Assam, Andeman


New Delhi, August 17: The Centre on Wednesday appointed former Rajya Sabha MP and BJP leader VP Singh Badnore as the Governor.

The 68-year-old Badnore, who hails from Rajasthan, is also associated with Mayo College, Ajmer.

Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki has been holding the additional charge of Punjab since Shivraj Patil's term ended last year.

Former IAS officer and Kerala BJP leader Alphons Kannanthanam has been appointed as the Chandigarh Administrator. Reports say that in a departure from the past, Kannanthanam will serve only as the head of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, and not also as Punjab Governor, which has been the practice so far.

Former Union minister and BJP leader Najma Heptulla has been appointed the Manipur Governor.

Banwarilal Purohit, a three-time MP from Nagpur and managing editor of Central 's daily ‘The Hitavada', will be the Assam Governor while Delhi-based BJP leader and former MLA Prof Jagdish Mukhi was appointed Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique.

Heptulla, 76, had last month resigned as the Minority Affairs Minister from the Union Cabinet. The resignation had come as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is believed to have set an unwritten writ of ‘75-year age bar' for ministers.

Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan was holding the additional charge as Manipur Governor. Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya was holding additional charge as Assam Governor, a post which will now be assumed by the 76-year-old Purohit.

Prof Jagdish Mukhi, who has been a Delhi MLA from Janakpuri, has been appointed as Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the communique said. The 73-year-old Mukhi has been appointed in place of Lt General AK Singh (retd), it said. Agencies

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