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Faujis, agriculturist, politicians: Meet the governors, Lt governor appointed today

President Ram Nath Kovind appointed five new Governors and one Lt Governor on Saturday

india Updated: Sep 30, 2017 16:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Banwarilal Purohit,Governors appointed,Satya Pal Malik
Banwarilal Purohit was previously the governor of Assam. (PTI file photo)

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday approved the appointment of five Governors and one Lieutenant Governor. Here are brief profiles of the new appointees.

Banwarilal Purohit: Tamil Nadu Governor

Purohit won election to Maharashtra Assembly for the first time in 1978 from the Nagpur east seat, and became a minister in 1982. He is credited with revival of ‘The Hitavada’, an English daily founded by Gopal Krishna Gokhale, the mentor of Mahatma Gandhi.

Satya Pal Malik: Bihar Governor

Former MP and BJP’s national vice-president, has been appointed the governor of Bihar, the post that fell vacant after Ram Nath Kovind was nominated as the BJP’s presidential candidate.

A former union minister of state for Parliamentary affairs and tourism, he was a two-term Rajya Sabha member and chairman and member of many Parliamentary Committees. A B.Sc and LL.B from Meerut University, he is also an agriculturist, and active social worker.

Admiral (Retd) Devendra Kumar Joshi: Lieutenant Governor Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Chief of naval staff from 2012 to 2014, Joshi has been awarded the param vishist seva medal, the ati vishist seva medal, yudh seva medal, nau sena medal and the vishist seva medal and commanded the Vizag-based eastern fleet of the navy.

Jagdish Mukhi, currently Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, has been moved to Assam.(HT file photo)

Professor Jagdish Mukhi: Assam Governor

An alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce of Delhi University, Mukhi took to active politics during Emergency. He represented the Capital’s Janakpuri constituency for several terms starting 1980, winning the seat seven times. He also held the portfolios of finance, planning, excise and taxation and higher education in the Delhi government and was leader of the opposition in Delhi assembly from 1998-2008.

Ganga Prasad: Meghalaya Governor

He started his political career in 1994 after being elected as the member of the legislative council in Bihar. He served as an MLC for 18 years and was the leader of the BJP in the council and subsequently the deputy leader.

Brig (Retd) B D Mishra: Arunachal Pradesh Governor

Mishra was the commander of NSG (black cat commandos) counter-hijack task force that successfully executed the rescue operation of the hijacked aircraft of Indian Airlines at Raja Sansi airfield in Amritsar on April 24, 1993. All 124 travellers and crew members were rescued in the operation and the hijackers were killed. He has served in various wars and operational roles, including the Chinese attack in1962 and the liberation of Bangladesh in 1971.

First Published: Sep 30, 2017 14:37 IST