NEW DELHI (TIP): The Centre is mulling filling vacancies of Governors in nine states — five of them ruled by the Congress— soon as one Governor is holding the charge of four states while five others are in charge of at least two states each.
“Since some Governors are holding additional charge of 2-3 states, new appointments are expected in the coming weeks,” official sources said.
There are vacancies in Raj Bhavans in Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Manipur, all ruled by the Congress. Opposition parties like JD-U, Left and TRS are in power in Bihar, Tripura and Telangana respectively.
There is also vacancy in Punjab, ruled by the Akali Dal-BJP combine. The post of Lieutenant Governor in Puducherry is also lying vacant.
West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi is holding the additional charge of Bihar, Meghalaya and Mizoram while Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Acharya is in charge of the Raj Bhavans in Assam and Tripura.
Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki has been given the additional charge of Punjab Governor and administrator of Chandigarh; Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh is holding the additional charge of Himachal Pradesh. Uttarakhand Governor KK Paul is in charge of the Raj Bhavan of Manipur too.
ESL Narasimhan, who was the Governor of undivided Andhra Pradesh, continues to be the Governor of both Telangana and residuary Andhra Pradesh after the bifurcation while Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Lt General Ajay Kumar Singh (retd) is holding the additional charge of the LG of Puducherry.