New governors to be appointed in the next few days: Rajnath Singh

 The first set of gubernatorial appointments may come soon with home minister Rajnath Singh stating on Monday that the new governors could be named while Parliament is in session. 

“Governors for some states may be named in the days to come…the announcement can well be timed in middle of ongoing (budget) session,” Singh told newspersons on Monday, setting to rest any doubts that the government, with the Parliament session now having begun, would wait for end of the session to replace UPA government-appointed incumbents in several Raj Bhavans. 

The NDA government had on Sunday announced a lone gubernatorial transfer- that of Gujarat governor Kamla Beniwal to Mizoram. A Rashtrapati Bhavan communique said Beniwal would serve in Mizoram for the remainder of her term, which ends in six months. 

Mizoram governor Vakkom Purushothaman, meanwhile, was shifted to Nagaland Raj Bhavan, vacant since incumbent Ashwani Kumar stepped down last week. 

Rajasthan governor Margaret Alva was given additional charge as Gujarat governor. Even Alva’s term is due to expire next month. 

The likely list of NDA appointees in Raj Bhavans includes BJP veterans such as former UP Speaker Kesarinath Tripathi, Punjab leader Balram Das Tandon, former MP Lalji Tandon, senior party leader from Kerala O Rajagopal, former Union minister Ram Naik, Delhi leader V K Malhotra and former finance minister Yashwant Sinha. 

Kalyan Singh too is being considered for governorship, but the former UP CM is reportedly unwilling to quit active politics yet. 

As many as five governors appointed by the erstwhile UPA regime have put in their papers, after being nudged by Union home secretary Anil Goswami to make way for appointees of the new government. These include B L Joshi (Uttar Pradesh), Shekhar Dutt (Chhattisgarh), M K Narayanan (West Bengal), Ashwani Kumar (Nagaland) and B V Wanchoo (Goa). Both Narayanan and Wanchoo had quit after being questioned by the CBI in the Agusta Westland chopper scam case. 

Incumbents in some Raj Bhavans, including H R Bharadwaj (Karnataka) and Jagannath Pahadiya (Haryana) are set to complete their terms later this month. 

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