Article 153 Current Affairs - 2019

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Anandiben Patel takes additional charge as Chattisgarh Governor

President Ram Nath Kovind has given Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel additional charge of Chhattisgarh. She will discharge additional duties until the regular arrangements for the office of governor of Chhattisgarh are made. She was given additional charge following death of Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon (in office from 25 July 2014 to 14 August 2018 till his death after suffering heart attack).

Balramji Dass Tandon

He was born on 1 November 1927 in Amritsar, Punjab. He was one of the founding members of BJP’s parent organisation Jan Sangh. He had fought his first election in 1953 and was elected municipal councillor in Amritsar. He won his first Assembly seat from Amritsar in 1957 and went on to represent that Vidhan Sabha constituency five times (1960,1962,1967,1969 and 1977) and later from Rajpura in 1997. He was imprisoned in 1975 during National Emergency for 19 months. He also had served as deputy chief minister of Punjab in the Justice (retd) Gurnam Singh Akali Dal-Jan Sangh Government. He was appointed as sixth Governor of Chhattisgarh in July 2014.

Constitutional provisions of Governor

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

Article 156: It says that Governor is appointed by President and hold office during pleasure of President.

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V Shanmuganathan sworn-in as 17th Governor of Manipur

V Shanmuganthan has sworn in as the 17th Governor of Manipur after taking oath at ceremony held at Raj Bhawan in Imphal. He succeeded Dr. Syed Ahmed who had died in late in September 2015.

Chief justice of Manipur High Court Justice Laxmi Kant Mahapatra administered the oath of office to him as per the provisions of Article 159 of Constitution of India.

Presently V Shanmuganthan is Governor of Meghalaya and was given additional charge of Manipur by President Pranab Mukherjee following death of Dr. Syed Ahmed.

V Shanmuganthan is a prolific writer and had written three books related to culture and social aspects in Tamil. He was member of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and had joined it in 1962. Later he had joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) where he had served in many party positions.

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

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