New Delhi on Tuesday appointed the incumbent Governor of Bihar, Satya Pal Malik as the new Governor of Jammu and Kashmir to replace N N Vohra who was asked to continue after completion of his second term in June until the end of the ongoing Amarnath pilgrimage.
The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind ordered the appointment of Malik, who hails from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, as Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.
“Satya Pal Malik, Governor of Bihar is transferred and appointed as Governor of Jammu & Kashmir,” said a Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué issued Tuesday evening.
Malik’s new appointment will take effect from the date he assumes charge.
He is likely to be sworn in on August 23.
Satyapal Malik will arrive in Srinagar by chartered flight at 3.30 pm on August 22.
Vohra has resided in the state’s Raj Bhavan for more than ten years since June 2008.
The position of J&K Governor was created in 1965 through a constitutional amendment, before which date the state’s constitutional head was known as Sadar-i-Riyasat.
This is the first time in the state’s history when a career politician has been chosen by New Delhi for the assignment considered sensitive and critical.
The decision to appoint Malik comes as the state under Governor’s rule after collapse of the PDP-BJP coalition government on June 19.
Malik, who was appointed as Governor of Bihar last year, was also saddled with additional charge of Odisha Governorship between March 21 and May 28 this year. He served as the Union Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism and has held many important positions in central and state governments.
He was a member parliament in Rajya Sabha for two terms and a Lok Sabha member from 1989 to 1990.
The veteran politician, who has a socialist background, was also a member of Uttar Pradesh Assembly from 1974 to 1977. In his political career, Malik has also been the chairman and member of many parliamentary committees.
A law graduate, Malik has held the position of BJP national vice-president and also remained affiliated with Congress party, Samajwadi Party, Janta Dal and Bharatiya Kranti Dal.
Malik will be the 13th Governor of J&K.