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J-K governor may be next to go after Amarnath yatra

Tarun Upadhyay, Hindustan Times  Jammu, June 29, 2014
First Published: 12:48 IST(29/6/2014) | Last Updated: 13:44 IST(29/6/2014)

Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra is likely to be changed after the completion of the Amarnath yatra. The NDA government has decided to have a new governor before the state assembly elections scheduled for November.

Vohra, who has been the governor since 2008, was given an extension in April by the UPA government as his first term was to end on June 25.

According to sources, Vohra, a former home secretary, was placed in the list of governors to be changed soon. But then he was asked to continue till the completion of the Amarnath yatra.

“His name was placed in the list of the governors to be replaced and he was told about it. But he wanted to stay till the completion of the yatra, which was agreed upon,” sources said.

The state governor is the chairman of the Shri Amarnath Shrine Board, which oversees all arrangements of the yatra in coordination with civil, army, state police and security forces. The yatra will end on August 10.

The core group of the central BJP leadership was apprehensive about the neutrality of Vohra which, sources said, was corroborated by the intelligence agencies. The post of the J&K governor is sensitive as he works in close coordination with the Army, which has the largest presence in the state and its role is very important in successfully holding the elections.

“The Modi government wants to appoint someone who has strong and upright political credentials, preferably with an army background. It has almost shortlisted the person,” sources said.

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