Manoj Sinha appointed as new lieutenant governor of Jammu and Kashmir
New Delhi : President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday appointed Manoj Sinha as the new lieutenant governor of Jammu and Kashmir, he will be replacing Girish Chandra Murmu, who had resigned on Wednesday.
Mr President accepted his resignation on Thursday.
In a release confirming the same, the President house said, "The President has been pleased to appoint Shri Manoj Sinha, to be the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office vice Shri Girish Chandra Murmu."
There are reports which suggest that Mr Murmu will be appointed as the next Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.
The move to appoint Sinha as the next Lieutenant Governor is aimed at reaching out to the people of the union territory with a soft political touch, something that Murmu, a former bureaucrat, could not achieve during his nine-month tenure.
Manoj Sinha has represented the parliamentary constituency of Ghazipur in eastern Uttar Pradesh thrice in the Lok Sabha. He has also served as minister of communications and minister of state for Railways.