Najma Heptulla appointed as Manipur governor


New Delhi: Former Union Minister Najma Heptulla was appointed as Manipur Governor on Wednesday.

Ex-Rajya Sabha MP V P Singh Badnore announced the governor for three states and a Union Territory   with all of them being associated with the BJP.

According to Rashtrapati Bhavan Communique, a three time former member of Lok Sabha from Nagpur,Banwarilal Purohit will be the Governor of Assam while Delhi-based BJP leader and former MLA Prof Jagdish Mukhi was made Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Heptulla had quit from the post of Minority Affairs Minister from Union Cabinet last year.

People from several political parties believe that his resignation would set an unwritten writ of 75-yr age bar for ministers. Moreover, his resignation would kept veterans like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi out of the Cabinet.

Meg-halaya Governor V Shan-muganathan was holding the extra charge as Manipur Governor.

68-year-old Badnore, who hails from Rajasthan, will be the new Governor of Punjab, the dispatch said. Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki was holding extra charge of Punjab, which goes to surveys one year from now, after Shivraj Patil's term finished a year ago.

Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya was holding extra charge as Assam Governor, a post which will now be accepted by 76-year-old Purohit.

Teacher Jagdish Mukhi, who has been Member of Delhi Legislative Assembly from Janakpuri body electorate, has been named as Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the dispatch said.

73-year-old Mukhi has been designated set up of Lt General (Retd) A K Singh, it said.