NEW DELHI: New governors have been appointed for five states. Bandaru Dattatreya will be Himachal Pradesh governor, while HP governor Kalraj Mishra has been shifted to Rajasthan to replace Kalyan Singh. Arif Mohammad Khan has been named as Kerala Governor in place of P Sathasivam who completed a five-year-term. Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan has been made governor of Telangana in place of ESL Narasimhan. Bhagat SinghKoshyari is the new governor of Maharashtra, in place of C Vidyasagar Rao.
The appointments were made through a notification issued by President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday, on recommendations from the Modi government.
A former Union minister, Kalraj Mishra represented Deoria in Uttar Pradesh. He also functioned as president of the Uttar Pradesh BJP before becoming governor of Himachal Pradesh. Mishra,78, hails from a middle class Brahmin family in Malikpura, Ghazipur district. It was in June 2019 that he was appointed governor of Himachal Pradesh. His wife is Satyavati Mishra.
BHAGAT SINGH KOSHYARI
Bhagat Singh Koshyari, 77, is a BJP leader and former chief minister from Uttarakhand state. With a strong RSS background, he was national vice president of the BJP. He was a member of the last Lok Sabha.
Bandaru Dattatreya, 72, was a minister in the Vjapayee government as also the Modi government in its first term. He represented Hyderabad in the Lok Sabha. He had not contested the Lok Sabha polls in 2019. His net worth is high, at Rs90crore.
Dr TAMILISAI SOUNDARRAJRAN
Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, 58, is currently the Tamil Nadu state BJP president. A doctor by profession, She had also served as general secretary of the BJP at the national level. She hails from Kanyakumari and married to a doctor, P Soundarrajan. Her father Kumari Ananthan was also a prominent public figure. She was student leader while at studies in the Madras Medical College. She frequently conducts programmes on Tamil TV channels, and is highly popular in this respect.
ARIF MOHAMMAD KHAN
Arif Mohammad Khan, 68, handled portfolios of energy and civil aviation in Union ministries in the past. He hopped from party to party, prominently from Congress to Janata Dal to BSP to BJP over the last four decades. He resigned from Congress during the Rajiv Gandhi period, when he opposed the Congress government policy on the Shah Bano case. He backed the Supreme Court order in the case and opposed legal amendments to the Muslim Personal Law in this respect. Arif Mohammad Khan, who was once close to VP Singh, is now active with the BJP, and strongly backed the Modi government’s Triple Talaq ban legislation. IHN-NN
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