Mizoram

Lt General (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma sworn-in as Governor of Mizoram

Lt General (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has sworn-in as the 17th governor of Mizoram.

Justice T Vaiphei, judge of the Gauhati High Court administered him the oath of office as per provisions of Article 159 of Indian Constitution.

Mr. Sharma will succeed West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi who was given additional charge of Mizoram in April 2015.

Prior to this appointment, he was serving as governor of Arunachal Pradesh. He was transferred to Mizoram by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 12, 2015.

About Lt General (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma

  • Nirbhay Sharma had served in Indian Army for 40 years before retiring in 2008.
  • He is considered as one of the most distinguished and decorated Field Commanders of the Indian Army.
  • In 2008, he was appointed as member of UPSC and was in office for 5 years i.e. till 2013.
  • In 2013, he was appointed as governor of Arunachal Pradesh.
  • He is third retired army officer to be appointed as Governor after Lt Gen (retd) S K Sinha and Gen J.J. Singh.

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President Pranab Mukherjee appoints new Governors in six states

President Pranab Mukherjee on 12 May 2015 appointed Governors in six states. Their appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge.

Following are newly appointed Governors

Jharkhand: Former Odisha Minister Droupadi Murmu was appointed as Governor of Jharkhand. She will replace Dr Syed Ahmed.

Manipur: Dr Syed Ahmed has been transfered to Manipur for remaining period of his term.

Arunachal Pradesh: J P Rajkhowa was appointed as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. He will replace Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma.

Mizoram: Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma has been transferred and appointed as Governor of Mizoram for the remainder of his term.

Tripura: Tathagata Roy will be the Governor of Tripura.

Meghalaya:  V. Shanmuganthan has been appointed as Meghalaya Governor.

Constitutional provisions of Governor

  • Article 153: It says that there shall be Governor for each state. But 7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 facilitated the appointment of the same person as a governor for two or more states.
  • Article 156: Governor is appointed by President and hold office during the pleasure of President. It should be also noted that this article also mentions tenure of Governor. In this regard it says that Governor shall hold office for the term of 5 years from date he enters upon his office.

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K.N. Tripathi sworn in as Governor of Mizoram

West Bengal and Bihar Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi took additional charge of Mizoram . He was sworn in as 16th Governor of Mizoram on 4 April 2015.

Justice Michael Zothankhuma of the Gauhati High Court administered oath of office to him at Raj Bhavan in Aizawal.

Tripathi was given additional charge of Mizoram after Union Government had sacked then Governor Aziz Qureshi.

About Keshari Nath Tripathi

  • Tripathi was member of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly for six times and had represented BJP.
  • He also had served as the Speaker of the UP Legislative Assembly three consecutive times in 1991, 1997 and 2002.
  • He also had held position of Cabinet Minister from 1977-1979 in UP Government.
  • Tripathi had practised as a lawyer in the Allahabad High Court from 1956. From 1987 to 1989, he was the President of the Allahabad High Court Bar Association.

Article 153 of Constitution- It says that there shall be Governor for each state. 7th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1956 facilitated the appointment of the same person as a governor for two or more states.

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