Satyapal Malik takes oath as new Bihar Governor
Malik, who arrived in Patna on Tuesday, was welcomed with a hug by state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
Patna: Satyapal Malik, a former lawmaker and the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP's) national vice-president took oath as the governor of Bihar on Wednesday morning.
The post fell vacant after former Bihar governor Ramnath Kovind became the President in July. West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi was holding additional charge of Bihar after that.
Chief Justice of the Patna High Court Justice Rajendra Menon administered the oath of office to Malik. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, state legislative assembly Speaker Vijay Chaudhary and legislative council Chairman Awadhesh Narain Singh were present during the swearing-in ceremony.
“I understand the responsibility given to me and will fulfil it wholeheartedly,” Malik said during the swearing-in ceremony.
Malik, who arrived in Patna on Tuesday, was welcomed with a hug by state Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and deputy Sushil Kumar Modi.
The new administration was received the guard of honour upon his arrival, after a brief ceremony at the state hanger following which he headed for the Raj Bhavan.
Malik is the 38th governor of the state.
Hailing from Baghpat district in western Uttar Pradesh, Malik is a law graduate and he began his political career in the 1970s as a member of the UP state legislative Assembly.
With agency inputs