Srinagar: Former union minister and senior BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh, Manoj Sinha, has been appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Times of India reported quoting the President of India spokesman.
A statement issued by the President’s secretariat said that the resignation of Girish Chandra Murmu as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir has been accepted.
The 61-year-old Sinha was born on July 1, 1959 in Mohanpura of Ghazipur district of eastern UP. His political career started when he was elected the president of Banaras Hindu University Students Union in 1982.
He was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1996 and repeated the term in 1999. Sinha has been a member of the BJP national council from 1989 to 1996. He was elected to the Lok Sabha for a third term when the BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.
He was former Minister of State for Railways and later held an independent charge of Ministry of Communication.
GC Murmu, who submitted his resignation Wednesday evening, is likely to be appointed as the next Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
Recently, Murmu was censured by the Election Commission over his repeated statements on assembly polls in the Union Territory, asking him to refrain from infringing upon its constitutionally mandated prerogative.
With inputs from agencies