President Ram Nath Kovind, on the recommendations of the Central Government, appointed new governors for five states including Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra and Rajasthan on Sunday.
Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, Chief of BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit was appointed as the Governor of Telangana and will now take over the post that was under the dual charge of E S L Narasimhan, who was also the Governor of Andhra Pradesh before its bifurcation and recently demitted office.
Former union minister and a long term loyalist of BJP, Bandaru Dattatreya replaced Kalraj Mishra to be the new Governor of Himachal Pradesh. Dattatreya has previously served as the Union Minister of State and Urban Development under the Vajpayee government.
Mishra, who has been associated with Uttar Pradesh politics for long and has had the privilege of holding multiple portfolios including the Union Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has now been transferred to Rajasthan and will now replace Kalyan Singh in the state.
Bhagat Singh Koshyari, a senior BJP leader, who is known to have held multiple important posts in Uttarakhand, has also made it to the list of new governors. He has been given the charge of Maharashtra and will be replacing Vidyasagar Rao.
In Kerala, Arif Mohammed Khan, who is known for his relentless crusade against Triple Talaq, replaced P Sathasivam as the new Governor. He will replace P Sathasivam, former Chief Justice of India, who had joined the office in 2014. Khan entered politics as a part of the Indian National Congress but quit the party over differences with the Rajiv Gandhi government. Arif is known for speaking for Islam reformation, writing books and giving lectures on the subject.
According to the Rashtrapati Bhavan's Press Communique, all the appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices.