Dr Najma A Heptulla, who resigned as Union minister of minority affairs last month, was sworn in as the 18th governor of Manipur at Darbar Hall in Imphal Raj Bhavan on Sunday.
Acting chief justice Rakesh Ranjan Prasad of the Manipur high court administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new governor during the simple function held at 11:30am.
Chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, deputy chief minister Gaikhangam Gangmei, the council of ministers, MLAs and other state Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, besides high-level state officials attended the function.
Three MPs of Manipur, including Rajya Sabha MP MC Mary Kom, also attended the function.
Heptulla, Manipur’s fifth governor since May 2014, when the NDA government came to power, said, “Manipur is far away from Delhi but it is not far away from our hearts. Prime Minister also feels that you are very close to us, (and) that’s why I came here to the people of Manipur.
“My priorities will be based on people’s priorities.”
Former home secretary VK Duggal had also resigned from the Imphal Raj Bhavan within months of the change of guard in Delhi.
KK Paul was initially given additional charge of the state, before Syed Ahmed, the Jharkhand governor appointed by the United Progressive Alliance government, was sent to Manipur in May 2015. He died months later.
V Shanmuganathan held charge of Manipur for a short period, before Heptulla’s appointment.