President Draupadi Murmu appoints new governors in 13 states

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President Droupadi Murmu  appointed 13 new Governors while accepting the resignations of  Bhagat Singh Koshyari as Governor of Maharashtra and of Radha Krishnan Mathur as Lt. Governor of Ladakh on 12 February.

The fresh appointments

  • Lt. General Kaiwalya Trivikram Parnaik, (Retired) Governor of Arunachal Pradesh

  • Lakshman Prasad Acharya, Governor of Sikkim

  • C P Radhakrishnan, Governor of Jharkhand

  • Shiv Pratap Shukla, Governor of Himachal Pradesh

  • S. Abdul Nazeer, Governor of Andhra Pradesh

  • Gulab Chand Kataria, Governor of Assam

Change of states of some current governors

  • Justice (Retd) Biswa Bhusan Harichandan, Governor of Andhra Pradesh appointed as Governor of Chhattisgarh.

  • Anusuiya Uikye, Governor of Chhattisgarh appointed as Governor of Manipur.

  • La. Ganesan, Governor of Manipur appointed as Governor of Nagaland.

  • Phagu Chauhan, Governor of Bihar appointed as Governor of Meghalaya.

  • Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, Governor of Himachal Pradesh appointed as Governor of Bihar.

  • Ramesh Bais, Governor of Jharkhand appointed as Governor of Maharashtra.

  • Brig (Dr) B D Mishra (Retd), Governor of Arunachal Pradesh appointed as Lt. Governor of Ladakh.

How are Governors appointed?

  • Article 153 of the Constitution says “There shall be a Governor for each State.”

  • According to Article 155 "the Governor of a State shall be appointed by the President by warrant under his hand and seal".

  • Under Article 156, "the Governor shall hold office during the pleasure of the President", but his term shall be five years.

  • Articles 157 and 158 lay down the qualifications and terms of office of the Governor.

  • The Governor must be a citizen of India and must have completed 35 years of age.

  • The Governor should not be a member of Parliament or State Legislature, and should not hold any other office of profit.

  • The position of Governor is envisaged as a political head who has to act on the advice of the Council of Ministers of the State.

Related Constitutional Articles

  • Article 153- Governors of states

  • Article 154- Executive power of state

  • Article 155- Appointment of Governor

  • Article 156- Term of office of Governor

  • Article 157- Qualifications for appointment as Governor

  • Article 158- Conditions of Governor’s office

  • Article 159- Oath or affirmation by the Governor

  • Article 160- Discharge of the functions of the Governor in certain contingencies

  • Article 161- Power of the Governor to grant pardons and others

  • Article 162- Extent of executive power of state

  • Article 163- Council of ministers to aid and advise the Governor

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