President Ram Nath Kovind appoints 7 new Governors; Satya Pal Malik replaces NN Vohra in J&K

President Ram Nath Kovind on August 21, 2018, appointed Governors for seven states including Bihar, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, Meghalaya, and Tripura. In this major reshuffle, Governor Satya Pal Malik was transferred from Bihar to Jammu and Kashmir, replacing NN Vohra. On the other hand, senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon was appointed as the Governor of Bihar.

Bihar governor Satya Pal Malik was appointed as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir by the President. Malik replaces incumbent NN Vohra, who has been serving this post since 2008. Though there is no fixed tenure of the Governor, Vohra continued to serve the office at the pleasure of the President. Though Vohra’s second six-year term ended on June 25, 2018, he continued in office after the State was placed under Governor’s rule on June 20, 2018.

Key Highlights:-
1. Beginning his career as a student leader in Meerut, Satya Pal Malik joined Charan Singh’s Bhartiya Kranti Dal from Baghpat in Uttar Pradesh in 1974 and was elected an MLA to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
2. In 1990, Malik became the Union Minister of State of Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism in Manmohan Singh’s cabinet.
3. Malik was appointed the Governor of Bihar in September 2017, after the post fell vacant following Ram Nath Kovind’s nomination for the presidency by the BJP.
4. In 2004, he joined the BJP and contested the General Elections against his one-time mentor Charan Singh’s son Ajit Singh from Baghpat. However, he lost.
5. However, later he was disqualified from Rajya Sabha as he started attending meetings of the rebel Congress leader VP Singh’s Jan Morcha.
6. Malik was appointed the Governor of Bihar in September 2017, after the post fell vacant following Ram Nath Kovind’s nomination for the presidency by the BJP.

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