Urmila Singh demits office as HP governor, Kalyan Singh takes additional charge

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Jan 27, 2015 17:36 IST

Urmila Singh demitted office as Himachal Pradesh governor after attending the 66th Republic Day function at the historic Ridge ground of state capital town Shimla on Monday.

However her term ended on January 24 and Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh has been given the additional charge of Himachal's governor, who would arrive in the state capital on Tuesday. Governor office confirmed that Kalyan Singh would arrive around 3 pm at the Barnes court-governor's official residence.

"Due to bad weather, there may be problem in landing at Shimla airport, in that case landing has to be done at Chandigarh airport," a governor office official said. "It may delay his arrival in Shimla by couple of hours," he added.

Earlier on Monday, Urmila Singh attended state level republic day function at Ridge and then she was given as formal departure at Raj Bhawan in the presence of chief minister, cabinet ministers and other dignitaries.

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh while talking to media, thanked the former governor for her services to this hill state and wished her bright future on her next assignment.

Urmila Singh is keen to return to the mainstream politics as she has a long political career.

"Before becoming the governor, I worked in a political field for long," she told HT, adding, "My party (Congress) will decide what role they have for me. Personally, I wish to return to active politics."

Singh was married to Virendra Bahadur Singh, raja of Seraipally princely state in Chattishgarh. After sudden demise of her husband, she stepped into the political arena and was elected several times to Madhya Pradesh assembly and remained a member from 1985 to 2003. She served as a minister of state for dairy development (1993-95) and as cabinet minister for social welfare and tribal welfare (1998-2003). She also served as president of Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee between 1996 and 1998, and when Chhattisgarh was carved out from MP she lost both election in 2003, 2008. Later, she was appointed the governor on January 25, 2010.

Kalyan Singh to take additional charge as HP Governor

Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh will on Wednesday assume additional charge as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh.

Himachal Pradesh's chief Justice Mansoor Ahmed Meer will administer the oath of office to Singh at Shimla Raj Bhawan tomorrow at 11:30 AM.

Singh will leave for Shimla this afternoon, a Raj Bhawan release said on Tuesday.

Outgoing governor of Himachal Pradesh Urmila Singh was given a warm send-off by chief minister Virbhadra Singh and his Cabinet colleagues at a function in the state capital on Monday.

She had assumed the charge of governor on January 25 in 2010. She will be the third governor of the state to complete the term of five years.

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