Senior Congress leaders Margaret Alva and Devendra Nath Dwivedi were appointed Governors on Saturday as part of the UPA’s first big reshuffle that transferred Syed Sibtey Razi out of centrally ruled Jharkhand and brought new faces to politically sensitive Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.
Uttarakhand Governor B L Joshi has been appointed UP Governor, replacing T V Rajeswar on expiry of his term.
Former AICC general secretary Alva, who courted controversy after she alleged that party tickets for Karnataka elections were given for a price, would move in as Uttarakhand Governor. Sources said the names were finalised at a meeting between PM Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.
Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan will move to Jharkhand replacing Razi, who has been appointed Assam Governor. Dwivedi, a former Additional Solicitor General, will take up the post in Gujarat, while former Rajasthan CM Jagannath Pahadia moves to Haryana and Iqbal Singh to of Puducherry as Lt-Governor. The announcement leaves ex-home minister Shivraj Patil waiting to be rehabilitated.