Yoga guru Ramdev’s aide Acharya Dev Vrat and BJP leader Ram Nath Kovind were on Saturday appointed governors of Himachal Pradesh and poll-bound Bihar, respectively.
At present, Dev Vrat is the principal of Gurukul, a boarding school, being run by the Rohtak-based Arya Pratinidhi Sabha in Kurukshetra.
According to sources, Ramdev, who has been accorded cabinet minister rank status in the Manohar Lal Khattar Government in Haryana by virtue of his being its brand ambassador for promoting yoga and ayurveda, is being credited with Dev Vrat’s elevation.
Dev Vrat, who has a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) background, was reported to be a contender for the BJP ticket from Kurukshetra parliamentary constituency in the 2014 elections but eventually did not get to contest.
Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh was holding the additional charge of Himachal Pradesh.
Kovind to take charge in Bihar
Kovind, 69, who had been a two-time Rajya Sabha member between 1994 and 2006, hails from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.
His appointment comes a few months ahead of the assembly elections due in Bihar. West Bengal governor Keshri Nath Tripathi was holding additional charge of Bihar. A lawyer by profession, Kovind had also been the BJP Scheduled Caste Morcha chief.
The appointments will take effect from the dates the incumbents assume charge of their respective offices, a Rashtrapati Bhavan release said.
(with PTI inputs)