President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday appointed previous Union minister Manoj Sinha as the next Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. He will change Girish Chandra Murmu who resigned on Wednesday.
In a release verifying the same, the President home said, “The President has been pleased to appoint Shri Manoj Sinha, to be the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office vice Shri Girish Chandra Murmu.”
President Kovind accepted Murmu’s resignation on Thursday. There is buzz that he is going to be the next Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.
The transfer to select Sinha as the next Lieutenant Governor is targeted at connecting to individuals of the union area with a soft political touch, something that Murmu, a former bureaucrat, could not attain during his nine-month tenure.
After Satyapal Malik, who was guv of erstwhile J&K state, Sinha is the brand-new political touch to the Valley – both Malik and Sinha are grassroot political leaders with the latter an alma mater of IIT-BHU, Varanasi. He lost the last Lok Sabha election to strongman and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Afzal Ansari.
Sinha has represented the parliamentary constituency of Ghazipur in eastern Uttar Pradesh thrice in the Lok Sabha. He has actually likewise functioned as minister of interactions and minister of state for Railways.
After the sensational victory of the Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, Sinha’s name was among the competitors for the post of chief minister. He eventually lost the post to Yogi Adityanath, a five-time MP from Gorakhpur.
He was chosen to the Lok Sabha for the very first time in 1999.
As minister of state for Railways, Sinha dealt with essential tasks consisting of the job to connect a number of cities in eastern Uttar Pradesh.