Monday, August 20, 2007

Rameshwar Thakur is State Governor

The Centre on Sunday appointed politically-shrewd Rameshwar Thakur as the Governor of Karnataka, shifting him from Orissa.

Days before the change of guard, from the JD(S) to the BJP in the State, the Centre on Sunday appointed politically-shrewd Rameshwar Thakur as the Governor of Karnataka, shifting him from Orissa.

Thakur will take oath as 15th Governor on August 21 at 12 noon, according to Raj Bhavan sources in Bangalore. Apart from Karnataka, President Pratibha Patil on Sunday appointed new governors for Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa, Rajasthan, Arunanchal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Sikkim.

Thakur, a native of Bihar and a former Union minister, is expected to play a vital role in the State as the chasm between the ruling JD(S) and BJP had widened on the question of transfer of power on October 3.

Mr Thakur has been appointed Karnataka Governor for the remainder of his term, succeeding T N Chaturvedi, whose term of office expires on Monday.

Trilok Nath Chaturvedi, who took charge as 14th Governor of Karnataka on August 21, 2002, is an expert in parliamentary affairs and legislature procedure. And he proved it time and again by guiding and, in fact, cautioning the Government whenever it went astray.

Though he was appointed by the BJP-led NDA government as the governor, he was not disturbed by the Congress-led UPA Government, which later took over the reins of power at the Centre.

The 80-year-old Thakur will hold office in Karnataka till November 18, 2009.

Sources said Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil had spoken to Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy on phone before finalising the name.

Kumaraswamy is expected to hand over the rein to his Deputy B S Yediyurappa of the BJP in an agreement signed by both at the time of formation of the coalition after he broke away from the Congress-led coalition in January 2006.

Meanwhile, former Uttarakhand chief minister N D Tiwari has been appointed as Andhra Pradesh Governor succeeding Rameshwar Thakur, who also held the charge as Orissa Governor.

Shilendra Kumar Singh, the Governor of Arunanchal Pradesh, has been appointed as Rajasthan Governor for the remainder of his term replacing Dr A R Kidwai. Nagaland Governor K Sankaranarayanan has been given the additional charge of the Governor of Arunanchal Pradesh. Uttarakhand Governor Sudarshan Agarwal has been appointed as Sikkim Governor for the remainder of his term succeeding V Rama Rao, whose term expires on October 24.

Meghalaya Governor B L Joshi will take over as Governor of Uttarakhand.

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