New Delhi: Amid intense speculations about the Union Cabinet expansion this week, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre appointed eight new Governors on Tuesday.
Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot was appointed Karnataka Governor and Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel was named as the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communique.
Gehlot, a Rajya Sabha member from Madhya Pradesh, is the Social Justice and Empowerment Minister. Patel, a BJP leader from Gujarat, will be the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, it said. Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel was holding additional charge of Madhya Pradesh.
Besides this, on the recommendation of the Centre, President Ram Nath Kovind also approved the appointments of Hari Babu Kambhampati and Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar as Governors of Mizoram and Himachal Pradesh respectively.
BJP leader from Andhra Pradesh Kambhampati succeeds P S Sreedharan Pillai, who has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Goa, the communique said.
Vishwanath Arlekar, BJP’s leader from Goa and former Speaker, replaces Bandaru Dattatraya who has been transferred and appointed as Haryana Governor, it said.
Satyadev Narayan Arya, Governor of Haryana is transferred and appointed as Governor of Tripura, the statement said.
Tripura Governor Ramesh Bais has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Jharkhand, succeeding Droupadi Murmu, according to the communique. These appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their respective offices, it said.
While all these appointments came amid reports of Union Cabinet reshuffle this week, the choice of Governors for eight states – a record number of SC, ST & OBC picks as well as representation for women and the Jat community – also reflects Prime Minister Narendra Modi government’s mantra of ‘’Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas.’
In line with its mantra of ‘respect and dignity to all’, the Narendra Modi government has given proper representation to leaders from the SC, OBC and the Tribal communities in its gubernatorial assignments.
This time, leaders hailing from the SC, OBC and Tribal communities have been given preference in gubernatorial appointments, which includes Thawarchand Gehlot, who is among the BJP’s tallest SC leaders and ex-Cabinet Minister, Rajendra Arlekar, who has been given charge as Governor of Himachal Pradesh. He has represented Pernem in the Goa Assembly.
Satyadev Narayan Arya will take charge as the Governor of Tripura. Baby Rani Maurya is currently serving as Uttarakhand Governor. Besides this, the Modi Government has picked a record number of women, Jat and Muslim community leaders as its top choices for the governor’s posts.
Currently, 3 Jat leaders are serving as governors – such respect shown by the Modi government to the jat community is unparalleled.
Gubernatorial picks from SC communities
Thaawarchand Gehlot, among the BJP’s tallest SC leaders and ex-Cabinet Minister, who will serve as the Governor of Karnataka.
Rajendra Arlekar will now become Governor of Himachal Pradesh. He has represented Pernem in the Goa Assembly.
Satyadev Narayan Arya, who will take charge as the Governor of Tripura.
Baby Rani Maurya is currently serving as Uttarakhand Governor.
Governors from Tribal communities
Mangubhai Patel, who will now be Governor of Madhya Pradesh is a long standing leader of the tribal communities with years of political experience in Gujarat.
Anusuiya Uikey is serving as Governor of Chhattisgarh.
OBC governors appointed by the Modi govt
Phagu Chauhan who belongs to Lonia community is the Governor of Bihar.
Ramesh Bais will now become the Governor of Jharkhand.
Bandaru Dattatraya will be the Governor of Haryana after a stint in Himachal Pradesh.
Ganga Prasad Chaurasiya is Governor of Sikkim.
Tamilisai Soundararajan serves in Telangana with additional charge of Puducherry.
Governors from the Jat Community
It is possibly for the first time in India’s history that there are 3 currently Governors belonging to the Jat community.
Jagdeep Dhankar is in the politically crucial state of West Bengal.
Acharya Devvrat is Governor of PM Modi’s home state of Gujarat.
Satyapal Malik is serving as Meghalaya Governor.
Two leading Muslim intellectuals as governors
Arif Mohammad Khan is the Governor of Kerala.
Najma Heptulla is the Governor of Manipur.
Both are leading lights of the Muslim community.
Two Telugu Governors
The appointment of K Hari Babu (along with Bandaru Dattatraya) takes the number of Telugu leaders to 2 in the list of newly appointed Governors.
Women governors appointed by Modi govt
Since 2014, eight women Governors and L-Gs have been appointed by the Modi government. This is in line with Prime Minister’s belief of empowering India’s “Nari Shakti.”
Among those appointed since 2014 are: –
Draupadi Murmu – senior Tribal community leader
Najma Heptulla – respected Muslim leader
Anandiben Patel – a powerful leader from Gujarat
Baby Rani Maurya – respected SC leader
Anusuiya Uikey – respected ST leader
Tamilsai Soundarajan – experienced OBC leader
Kiran Bedi – Former IPS officer
Five out of the 8 women governor appointed by the Modi government belong to the SC, ST, OBC and Minority communities.
Let us also have a look at the women governors appointed by the previous governments: –
PM Jawaharlal Nehru – Sarojni Naidu, Padmaja Naidu, and Vijayalakshmi Pandit (Nehru’s own sister)
PM Morarji Desai: Sharda Mukherjee and Jothi Venkatachalam
PM Rajiv Gandhi: Kumudben Joshi, Ram Dulari Sinha, and Sarla Grewal.
PM VP Singh: Chandrawati
PM PV Narasimha Rao: Sheila Kaul and Rajendra Kumar Bajpai
PM HD Devegowda: Fathima Beevi
PM IK Gujral: VS Ramadevi
PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Rajani Rai
Dr. Manmohan Singh: Pratibha Patil, Prabha Rau, Margaret Alva, Kamla Beniwal, Urmila Singh, and Shiela Dixit.