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Former Union Minister Manoj Sinha was sworn in as the new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. He is the second Lieutenant Governor and the first political person to hold this responsibility in the new union territory. The post was vacant after the resignation of Girish Chandra Murmu. Murmu has now been appointed as the new CAG.

Sinha was sworn in by Chief Justice Geeta Mittal of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court at a brief function held at Raj Bhavan. Earlier, Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam read out the President’s order to appoint Sinha as the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. Only a few guests attended the oath taking ceremony.

First Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu resigned from the post on 5 August and yesterday he has been appointed as Comptroller and Auditor General of India. The Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday morning announced the acceptance of Murmu’s resignation and the appointment of Sinha as the Lieutenant Governor. After the announcement, Sinha reached Srinagar on Thursday afternoon and yesterday before taking oath and taking charge, he held a meeting with the officials and inquired about the circumstances.

Manoj Sinha was born on 1 July 1959 in Mohanpur in Ghazipur district in eastern Uttar Pradesh. He has been actively working for the development of backward villages in eastern Uttar Pradesh. Renowned as’ Vikas Purush ‘in his field, Sinha’s political career began in 1982 with being elected president of the Students’ Union of Kashi Hindu University. He was a member of the BJP’s National Council from 1989 to 1996.

Sinha has been a member of the Lok Sabha thrice. He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 and won again in 1999. He won for the third time in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. This year, BJP returned to power at the Center. Sinha took over the Ministry of Communications as Minister of State (Independent Charge) in 2016. During this time the communication industry was involved in the sale of spectrum.

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