Ahead of the Cabinet reshuffle, first since the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, President Ram Nath Kovind on the advice of Prime Minister Modi, on Tuesday appointed four new governors of states, including Social Justice and Empowerment Minister and Leader of Rajya Sabha Thawar Chand Gehlot(73). Four other existing Governors have swapped states, ahead of the Union Cabinet reshuffle.
Gehlot, who hails from Madhya Pradesh, was weak in handling the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha; his latest folly was to rush to the Supreme Court for review of the Maratha reservation verdict without much preparation; the move boomeranged last week with a 5-judge Bench dismissing it.
He is the new Governor of Karnataka and replaces Vajubha Vala, a former Gujarat Assembly Speaker, who has been dropped.
Goa, which has thus far been looked after by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari(79), has got a full-fledged Governor in PS Sreedharan Pillai (66) who was transferred from Mizoram, while another former Goa Minister and former Assembly Speaker Rajendra Arlekar (66) is the new governor of Himachal Pradesh.
Pillai is the 19th Governor of the tiny BJP-ruled Goa.
Haribabu Kumbhpati (68), a former Andhra Pradesh MP, has been appointed the new Governor of Mizoram in place of Pillai; Manjubhai Patel (77), who is just 9th pass, is the new Governor of Madhya Pradesh and has replaced another former Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel, who will be now confined as the Governor of Uttar Pradesh.
Ramesh Kumar Bais (73), a senior BJP leader from Chhattisgarh, has been moved from Tripura to Jharkhand as the Governor, replacing Draupadi Murmu (63), a former minister from Odisha.
The oldest among the governors appointed on Tuesday is Satyadev Narayan Arya (84)who has been moved from Haryana to Tripura while Himachal governor Bandaru Dattatreya (74) is the new Governor of Haryana.