Former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Manoj Sinha took oath as the second Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, after predecessor Girish Chandra Murmu stepped down from his post on Wednesday night. The former three-term Lok Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh Ghazipur, Manoj Sinha was appointed to the position on Thursday. The now-former Lieutenant Governor of J&K Murmu had stepped down to take over as the country’s next Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), succeeding the outgoing Rajiv Mehrishi, whose term ended on Thursday.
The 61-year-old, who is known for his connection with people, particularly in rural areas, was administered the oath of office by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Justice Gita Mittal in Raj Bhavan, at the foothills of the Zabarwan range.
Sinha succeeds former IAS officer Girish Chandra Murmu, who resigned on Wednesday night and was appointed Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Thursday. Advisors to the previous lieutenant governors, including Farooq Khan and Baseer Khan, as well as senior bureaucrats and policemen were present at the simple function.
Rajya Sabha member Nazir Ahmed Laway, BJP Lok Sabha member Jugal Kishore Sharma and Jammu and Kashmir Apni Party leaders Ghulam Hasan Mir were also present.