Published On: Thu, Jan 29th, 2015

Retired IAS, IPS officers likely to appoint Governors after Delhi polls

New Delhi: The central government is likely to appoint retired IAS officers and retired IPS officers as Governors of many states along with politicians after Delhi polls.

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As many as seven Governor posts are lying vacant and the government has indicated that appointments would be done after the February 7 Delhi assembly election. “This time some retired IAS officers and retired IPS officers are also being considered,” said a government source.

Last year, the Narendra Modi government appointed 11 governors and all except one were BJP politicians. Only the Kerala Raj Bhavan went to former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam.

Governors of all other ten states appointed by the Modi government were BJP veterans such as Ram Naik, Kesri Nath Tripathi, Om Prakash Kohli, Balramji Dass Tandon, Vidyasagar Rao, Kalyan Singh, Padmanabha Acharya, Kaptan Singh Solanki, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala and Mridula Sinha.

The new governors are likely to be appointed in Bihar, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Tripura.

Rajasthan governor Kalyan Singh on Wednesday took additional charge of Himachal Pradesh. West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi is already holding additional charge of Bihar and Meghalaya, while Nagaland governor P B Acharya holds additional charge of Assam and Tripura.

Also, Uttarakhand governor K K Paul is holding additional charge of Manipur.

Tamil Nadu governor K Rosaiah and his Odisha counterpart S C Jamir both retire in the next few months and are among the few governors who were appointed by the previous UPA government and continue to hold office after the NDA dispensation came to power.

Aziz Qureshi, who had moved Supreme Court objecting to Union home secretary’s nudging governors to quit office, was shifted to Mizoram Raj Bhavan from Uttarakhand early this month.

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