New Delhi, September 30: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday appointed Banwarilal Purohit as the Governor of Tamil Nadu and Ganga Prasad as the Governor of Meghalaya, reported news agency ANI. The President also appointed Brigadier Dr BD Mishra (Retd.) as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and Satya Pal Malik as the Governor of Bihar. Meanwhile, Admiral (Retd.) Devendra Kumar Joshi has been appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He has replaced Professor Jagdish Mukhi.
Speaking to ANI, BD Mishra said: “Great that I have been given this responsibility, my aim would be to preserve, protect constitution and the law.”
Purohit has been involved in social, political, educational and industrial fields of Vidarbha in Maharashtra, and entered into politics in 1977. In 1978, he had won an election in Maharashtra Assembly from Nagpur east seat. He was re-elected in 1980 from Nagpur south and became a minister in 1982.
Purohit, in 1984 and 1989, was elected to the Lok Sabha from Nagpur-Kamptee seat and was a member of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of Defence Ministry.
In 1996, he was re-elected from the Lok Sabha seat and served as a member of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Home Affairs, Member of Standing Committee on Defence and Member of Public Sector Undertaking Committee.
Purohit was actively involved in reviving ‘The Hitavada’, an English daily founded by Gopal Krishna Gokhale, who was the mentor of Mahatma Gandhi.
In 1994, he was elected as MLC ( Member of Legislative Council) from Bihar and held the position for 18 years. He has also served as the leader of Opposition for five years in the Legislative Council. During NDA’s rule, he was the leader of Bihar Legislative Council for the ruling party.
Satya Pal Malik
Satya Pal Malik, Governor of Bihar
From April 1990 to November 1990, he served as the Union Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism. He has previously held many positions in centre. From 1980-1984 and again 1986-89 he served as the Rajya Sabha MP. From 1989-90 he served as a Lok Sabha MP. According to The Hindu, SP Malik has an experience of more than 50 years in social development.
Brigadier (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd)
In 1955, he retired as a Brigadier from the Indian Army. He led a team of Black Cat Commandos in 1993 that rescued all the passengers safely of hijacked Indian Airlines plane on April 24, 1993. For this, Mishra had received the appreciation of the then Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao. He was part of various wars and operations.
Admiral (Retd.) Devendra Kumar Joshi
He completed his schooling from Nainital and was the 21st Chief of Naval Staff. The 63-year-old has been awarded several medals. From 1996-99, he was the Defence Adviser in the Indian High Commission in Singapore.
(With Inputs from PTI)