Indian President, Ram Nath Kovind, on Thursday appointed former Union minister Manoj Sinha as the next Lieutenant Governor of OCCUPIED Jammu and Kashmir. He will replace Girish Chandra Murmu who resigned on Wednesday.
A statement issued by the President’s secretariat on Thursday said the resignation of Girish Chandra Murmu as Lieutenant Governor of occupird Jammu and Kashmir has been accepted.
It said, “The President has been pleased to appoint Shri Manoj Sinha, to be the Lieutenant Governor of occupied Jammu and Kashmir with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office vice Shri Girish Chandra Murmu.”
The move to appoint Sinha as the next Lieutenant Governor is aimed at reaching out to the people of the IIOJK with a soft political touch, something that Murmu, a former bureaucrat, could not achieve during his nine-month tenure.
Sinha has represented the parliamentary constituency of Ghazipur in eastern Uttar Pradesh thrice in the Lok Sabha, the lower house of Indian parliament. He has also served as minister of communications and minister of state for Railways.