Jagdeep Dhankhar takes oath as Governor of Bengal
Kolkata: New Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar took oath at a function at Raj Bhavan on Tuesday morning.
Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court T B Nair Radhakrishnan conducted the oath-taking ceremony. Dhankhar becomes the 28th Governor of Bengal and succeeds Keshari Nath Tripathi. He arrived in Kolkata on Monday.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the council of ministers, Speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay and Abdul Mannan, the Leader of Opposition were present at the Central Hall of the Raj Bhavan where the oath-taking ceremony took place. Banerjee greeted the new Governor with a bouquet of 365 red roses and an Uttariya.
State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim and Finance minister Amit Mitra along with other dignitaries were also present.
The new Governor, who is also a noted Supreme Court advocate, met the
Vice-Chancellors of Calcutta University, Jadavpur University, Presidency University and Visva-Bharati University on this occasion.
Dhankar was earlier the president of the Rajasthan Bar Council and a member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. He was an MP from 1989–1991. He joined BJP in 2003.
The Centre decided to make him the Governor of Bengal at a meeting that took place in the house of the Prime Minister on July 19. Shortly after his name as the Governor was announced, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee greeted him through her Twitter post.