Kalyan Singh
Kalyan Singh

Kalyan Singh is new Governor of Rajasthan, Vajubhai Vala posted to Karnataka

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, August 26, 2014

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh was today named as the new Governor of Rajasthan, while Gujarat Legislative Assembly Speaker Vajubhai Vala will be the new Governor of Karnataka.
President Pranab Mukherjee also appointed former Union Minister Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao as the Governor of Maharashtra and well-known writer and former chairperson of the Central Board of Social Welfare Mridula Sinha, who is also the former head of the BJP's women's wing, as the Governor of Goa.
All the four new appointees are senior leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A press communique from Rashtrapati Bhavan said the appointments would be with effect from the dates they assume their respective offices.
Mr Singh and Mr Vala will succeed Ms Margaret Alva and Mr Hans Raj Bhardwaj, respectively, whose terms had ended in recent weeks. 
Mr Rao will succeed K Sankaranarayanan, who had resigned on Sunday after he was transferred from Maharashtra to Mizoram, while Ms Sinha will succeed Mr Bharat Vir Wanchoo, who was among the five Governors who had resigned in July, weeks after the new government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi assumed office on May 26.
A separate announcement from Rashtrapati Bhavan said the President had accepted the resignation of Mr Sankaranarayanan. It said Manipur Governor Vinod Kumar Duggal would continue to hold additional charge of the duties of the Governor of Mizoram till a regular arrangement is made for that office.
Mr Singh, 82, had formally returned to the BJP in March this year at a rally addressed by Mr Modi during the campaign for the April-May Lok Sabha elections. He was later made a vice-president of the party. He was an independent member of the previous Lok Sabha from Etah in Uttar Pradesh, but had resigned before rejoining the BJP.
Mr Singh was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh when the disputed Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi structure at Ayodha was demolished in December 1992. He had left the party in 2009 over differences about distribution of party tickets for the Lok Sabha elections.
Mr Vala, 76, is a former Finance Minister of Gujarat and has also served as the Mayor of Rajkot. He was elected as Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly in January 2013. He served as president of the BJP's Gujarat unit from 1996 to 1998 and from July 2005 to November 2006.
Mr Rao, 72, was elected twice, in 1998 and 1999, to the Lok Sabha from Karimnagar in what is now Telangana as a BJP candidate. A lawyer by profession, he was also elected thrice, between 1985 and 1998, to the Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly in the undivided state.
He served as Minister of State for Home Affairs in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government from October 1999 to January 2003 and later as Minister of State for Commerce and Industry.
Ms Sinha, 71, started her career as a lecturer in a college in Muzaffarpur in Bihar but resigned as principal of a college to dedicate herself to writing. Her husband Ram Kripal Sinha is a former Cabinet Minister in Bihar. She has written three novels and published several collections of short stories.
She is also a former chairperson of the National Commission for Women.

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