Three states get new Governors, Najma goes to Manipur
After a long speculation, President Pranab Mukherjee appointed Governors in three states and Andaman and Nicobar islands. Among the new appointments, Former Union Minister Najma Heptulla has been made Governor of Manipur. Her name was long speculated since she resigned from the post of Minority affairs Minister on July 12. However, the decision was taken to replace her after she crossed 75-year age barrier set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Adding further, what has turned out to be most interesting is the missing name of former Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel from the list of would be-governors that came out from the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Although, political observers feel that she wanted to remain active in Gujarat politics for some time, till the conclusion of the elections next year. Secondly, the silent tussle between Patel and the party president Amit Shah would be the reason.
She was rooting for Nitin Patel's name to succeed her. Thirdly, she was undergoing a "cooling off" period and will have her share of post-retirement in due course. There was no hurry, either on her part or on the part of PM Modi. But sources said now she might take part of the race of the upcoming Vice-President election, which is scheduled in early next year.
The ex- Rajya Sabha MP VP Singh Badnore has been appointed as new Punjab governor. Banwarilal Purohit, a three-time former Lok Sabha member from Nagpur and had been the Editor of “The Hitavada”, also will be taking charge of BJP ruled state Assam, while senior BJP leader and former party MLA Prof Jagdish Mukhi, has been appointed as Lt. Governor of Andaman and Nicobar island.
Notably, all the new four faces have been associated with BJP at the Centre. By making new appointments, the Modi government has relieved "additional charge" from the governors in Assam (Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya), Manipur (Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan) and Punjab (Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki) to create more room to oblige aging party leaders. All new appointments will take effect from the dates the incumbents assume charge of their respective offices.