Five BJP veterans named governors of UP, Chh’garh, WB, Gujarat, Nagaland
NEW DELHI: Five
BJP veterans were on Monday named governors of Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh,
West Bengal, Gujarat and Nagaland, which follows the resignations of the
governors of four of the states after the Narendra Modi-led government came to
Bhavan said the new governors were Ram Naik (Uttar Pradesh), Balramji Dass
Tandon (Chhattisgarh), Keshari Nath Tripathi (West Bengal), Om Prakash Kohli
(Gujarat) and Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya (Nagaland).
posts in these states fell vacant after the resignations of BL Joshi (Uttar
Pradesh), Shekhar Dutt (Chhattisgarh), MK Narayanan (West Bengal) and Ashwani
Kumar (Nagaland) and the transfer of Kamala Beniwal from Gujarat to Mizoram.
Naik, 80, was
the cabinet minister for petroleum and natural gas in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee
government from 1999 to 2004. He was earlier a minister of state for railways,
home, and parliamentary affairs.
Tandon, 85, is a
former deputy chief minister of Punjab and has also headed the Bharatiya Janata
Party in the state. Tripathi, 79, is a former lawyer in Allahabad High Court
who has thrice served as speaker in the Uttar Pradesh assembly. He is a former
state unit president of the BJP.
Kohli, a retired
Delhi University professor, has been a Rajya Sabha member and was also a former
president of the BJP in Delhi. Acharya has been a member of the working group
on the northeastern region of the BJP. According to the party web site, he has
been a co-convenor of the Overseas Friends of BJP.
communique said the appointments of Naik, Tandon, Tripathi and Kohli “will take
effect from the dates (they) assume charge of their offices.” A separate
communique said Acharya has also been asked to discharge the functions of the
governor of Tripura, where incumbent Vakkom Purushothaman has resigned.