Senior BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh Manoj Sinha was on Thursday appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, the first political leader to take charge as the LG of the union territory.
The 61-year-old Manoj Sinha comes in place of former IAS officer Girish Chandra Murmu, who tendered his resignation on Wednesday night.
A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique on Thursday said the resignation of Murmu has been accepted.
The communique issued by the President’s press secretary Ajay Kumar said, “The President has been pleased to appoint Manoj Sinha, to be the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office” in place of Murmu.
Known as ‘vikas purush’ (leader involved in development),Manoj Sinha is a three-time Lok Sabha MP who held charge of the Communication Ministry as a Minister of State in 2016 when the telecom industry was engaged in sale of spectrum.
Manoj Sinha, a B.Tech in civil engineering, has been credited with overcoming the menace of call drop.
Elected to Lok Sabha in 1996 for the first time, Manoj Sinha, an agriculturist, is the first politician to be elected as LG of the union territory.
Earlier the Centre had appointed Satya Pal Malik, a politician, as governor of the erstwhile state before it was bifurcated into two union territories Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 last year.
Manoj Sinha, who began his political career after being elected the president of the Banaras Hindu University Students Union in 1982, was born in Mohanpura of Ghazipur district of eastern UP, and has been actively involved in working for the backward villages.