New governors of Bihar, Himachal appointed

New Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday appointed Ram Nath Kovind and Acharya Dev Vrat as the governors of Bihar and Himachal Pradesh respectively, an official statement said.


West Bengal Governor Kesri Nath Tripathi and Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh presently hold additional charge of Bihar and Himachal Pradesh respectively.


Kovind, who hails from Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur and is a lawyer by profession, was the president of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Dalit Morcha and also a two-time Rajya Sabha member (1994-2006).


Acharya Dev Vrat has been principal of Kurukshetra Gurukul since 1981. Besides being a post graduate in history and Hindi, he is a doctor in naturopathy and yogic sciences.


The appointments of Kovind and Dev Vrat will be effective from the date they take charge of their respective offices, the statement added.



I was not consulted: CM Nitish Kumar


NEW DELHI, August 8 (PTI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today voiced his displeasure over the appointment of senior BJP leader Ram Nath Kovind as new Governor for the state without consulting him, saying he got the information through media.

“As per the precedent so far, the central government, the Home Minister talks to the state government, its Chief Minister on it (appointment of Governor)… This time there is no consultation. I have also got the information (about the appointment) through media,” Kumar told reporters when asked about the appointment of Kovind.