Before Modi’s Cabinet Expansion; 8 New Guvs Appointed, Union Minister Gehlot Gets Karnataka

In a major reshuffle, governors of several states were appointed on Tuesday. While Thawarchand Gehlot has been designated as governor of Karnataka, Bandaru Dattatreya is the new governor of Haryana.

Dattatreya, who was incharge of Himachal Pradesh, will now take the position in Haryana, while Gehlot is presently the cabinet minister of social justice.

Other who have been appointed are Andhra Pradesh BJP leader Hari Babu Kambhampati, who has been given charge of Mizoram, BJP leader from Gujarat Mangubhai Chaganbhai will be new governor of Madhya Pradesh, Goa’s forest and environment minister Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar will head Himachal Pradesh, Mizoram governor PS Sreedharan Pillai is now in-change of Goa, BJP leader from Bihar and Haryana governor Satyadev Narayan Arya of Tripura and Union minister in Vajpayee cabinet and Tripura governor Ramesh Bais has been moved to Jharkhand.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Tuesday congratulated Bandaru Dattatraya on being appointed as the Haryana Governor, expressing faith that under his guidance the state will prosper.

Rajendran Vishwanath Arlekar, 67, an RSS member who moved to BJP in 1989 and a former speaker of the Goa assembly, will take over in Himachal Pradesh from Dattatreya.

Five-time MLA, 77-year-old Patel, who has studied up to class nine only, has been appointed as Governor of Madhya Pradesh, a post which was held additionally by Governor of Uttar Pradesh Anandiben Patel.

Pillai’s appointment for Goa has come after over 10 months post transfer of then governor Satya Pal Malik. The selection of a full-time governor also comes ahead of the Assembly elections due in February 2022.

Pillai was serving as Governor of Mizoram before he was shifted to the coastal state. Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari had been holding the additional charge of Goa after the then governor Malik was transferred within a year as governor of Meghalaya in August 2020.

President Ram Nath Kovind’s office said that the above appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices.

The new appointments have come ahead of expansion of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, which is expected later this week.

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