Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, May 12:
The President of India today appointed former Odisha Minister and BJPs Rairangpur MLA Draupadi Murmu as Governor of Jharkhand in place of Dr Syed Ahmed. The latter has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Manipur for the remainder of his term.
“It is not a post, it is a responsibility. I will perform my duties with utmost dedication. I thank Centre for giving me an opportunity to serve people,” said Draupadi Murmu, who became the first woman leader from Odisha to be appointed as Governor.
The 58-year-old tribal leader from Mayurbhanj district was elected twice from the Rairangpur Assembly constituency on a BJP ticket.
President Pranab Mukherjee filled up vacancies of Governors in four north-eastern states while shifting two Governors.
They are: JP Rajkhowa as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh; Tathagata Roy as the Governor of Tripura; V Shanmuganthan as the Governor of Meghalaya; Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh is transferred and appointed as Governor of Mizoram for the remainder of his term; and Dr Syed Ahmed, Governor of Jharkhand is transferred and appointed as Governor of Manipur for the remainder of his term.
Notably, the above appointments will take effect from the dates the incumbents assume charge of their respective offices.