Srinagar/ New Delhi:
Manoj Sinha, a senior BJP chief and former Union Minister, is the brand new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir after Girish Chandra Murmu resigned yesterday.
The huge change, which occurred on the primary anniversary of the centre’s transfer to scrap particular standing to Jammu and Kashmir below Article 370 and switch it into two union territories, brings again a political face within the high publish.
Manoj Sinha, 61, has been a Lok Sabha MP and a member of the BJP’s high management panel, the nationwide council. He was a Minister of State within the first time period of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Exactly one 12 months after J&K’s particular standing was scrapped, Mr Sinha’s appointment is seen as an try and revive political course of in Jammu and Kashmir. Sources say Prime Minister Narendra Modi might also go to Srinagar in coming days.
“It depends how Delhi wants to proceed,” an official mentioned final evening, when Mr Sinha’s title was nonetheless to be introduced. “If it wants political activity to start, it has to appoint someone who can connect with politicians and political parties there,” mentioned the retired bureaucrat who served within the Cabinet Secretariat.
GC Murmu, as compared, was a bureaucrat handpicked at a time the centre wished an administrator to see Jammu and Kashmir via the large modifications. His predecessor on the time, Satyapal Malik, was one other political face who was within the information over controversial statements.
Mr Murmu, a 1985-batch Gujarat cadre officer, labored with PM Modi when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister. After Mr Modi turned the Prime Minister, the officer joined the Union Finance Ministry. He turned Joint Secretary within the expenditure division.
The senior bureaucrat was anticipated to retire on November 30 final 12 months.
Mr Murmu’s resignation comes days after an argument over media stories quoting him that elections within the union territory may be held after the continued delimitation train. Elections haven’t been held in Jammu and Kashmir within the two years because the elected authorities collapsed, with the ballot physique citing safety considerations.
Reacting to the stories, the Election Commission had, in a strongly-worded assertion, mentioned that choices on timing of elections may solely be made by it.
The GC Murmu-led J&Okay administration has additionally confronted controversy over its opposition to revive 4G web companies within the union territory. It has cited elevated terror exercise as the rationale behind its transfer within the Supreme Court in response to petitions searching for restoration of high-speed web.
Mr Murmu is the frontrunner for the publish of the nation’s new high auditor, NDTV has learnt. The publish of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) is anticipated to fall vacant this week as Rajiv Mehrishi turns 65. The CAG is a constitutional publish and can’t be left vacant.
“Rajiv Mehrishi is turning 65 on August 8. That is why the government is in a hurry to look for a replacement,” a senior bureaucrat within the Cabinet secretariat informed NDTV.