The Former Union Minister Manoj Sinha has now been appointed as Jammu and Kashmir Lt Governor, a day after GC Murmu abruptly resigned. A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique on Thursday morning said the outgoing lieutenant governor’s resignation has been accepted.
Murmu resigned on Wednesday night, exactly one year after the state of Jammu and Kashmir was downgraded and sliced into two Union territories, the other one being Ladakh.
Sinha was a minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government between 2014 and 2019 and has handled key ministries like Telecom. He was BHU student union president leader and has won Lok Sabha elections twice from Ghazipur in eastern UP. He, however, lost the 2019 polls.
Reacting to the development, former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah said, “Last night there were one or two names that people were circulating as a done deal and this name wasn’t among them. You can always trust this government to pull an unexpected name out of the hat contrary to anything the ‘sources’ had planted earlier.”