Raipur, Aug 15: Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel took additional charge as Chhattisgarh Governor on Wednesday. The responsibility was handed over to her by President Ram Nath Kovind following the death of Balramji Dass Tandon.

Patel took oath of the office in a simple function in Raj Bhavan in New Delhi at 11.45 AM today. She will discharge the additional duties until the regular arrangements for the office of governor of Chhattisgarh are made.

She was administered oath by Justice Ajay Kumar Tripathi, Chief Justice of the Chhattisgarh High Court. Chief Minister Raman Singh was present on the occasion.

Balramji Dass Tandon, who was one of the founding members of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) parent organisation Jan Sangh, died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack at the government-run Dr BR Ambedkar Memorial Hospital in Raipur. He was 90.

During his long political career, Balramji Dass Tandon served on various posts, including as deputy chief minister of Punjab. The six-time MLA was also jailed from 1975 to 1977 during Emergency.