Narayanan appointed WB Guv, Shivraj for Punjab
New Delhi: National Security Adviser MK Narayanan was Saturday night appointed Governor of West Bengal and
former Union home minister Shivraj Patil will head the Raj
Bhawan in Punjab, as the President cleared a list of five new
Governors in various states.
75-year-old Narayanan, a former IB chief, moves to the
Raj Bhavan in Kolkata after a five-year stint as NSA, which
creates a vacancy in the NSA's post for which former Foreign
Secretaries Shyam Saran and Shivshankar Menon are believed to
be the front runners.
Shivraj Patil, who had to resign as Union home
minister in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks in November,
2008, has been appointed Governor of Punjab and given the
additional charge as Administrator of the Union Territory of
Chandigarh, a communique issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan late
Saturday night said.
Jharkhand Governor K Sankarnarayanan was shifted to
Maharashtra to replace former Nagaland chief minister SC
Jamir and senior Congress leader MOH Farook will be the new
Governor of Jharkhand.
Farook was a former chief minister of Pondicherry and a
Union minister in the government of PV Narasimha Rao.
Sankaranarayanan will serve the remainder of his term
in Maharashtra, the communique said.
Former Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt was appointed
Governor of Chhattisgarh from where ESL Narasimhan moves to
Andhra Pradesh Raj Bhavan to succeed ND Tiwari, who quit in
the wake of a sting operation by a TV channel purportedly
showing him in compromising position with women.
Narasimhan, also a former IB chief, will also serve the
remainder of his term in Andhra Pradesh.
Senior Congress leader Urmila Singh will be the new
Governor of Himachal Pradesh from where Prabha Rau was
transferred to head the Raj Bhawan in Rajasthan where she will
serve the remainder of her term.
The appointment of the Governors will take effect
from the dates they assume their duties, the communique said.
The names of the Governors were cleared at a meeting
between Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh yesterday.