Manoj Sinha to take oath as new LG of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday

Former union minister and senior BJP leader from Uttar Pradesh, Manoj Sinha, who was on Thursday appointed as Lt Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, will be administered the oath of office on Friday at Raj Bhavan, Srinagar.

Sources said 61-year-old Sinha, who arrived in Srinagar in the afternoon after his appointment, will be administered oath by J&K Chief Justice Gita Mittal at Raj Bhawan at the foothills of the Zaberwan range. The warrant of appointment of Sinha will be read out by Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam.

Sinha was junior Minister for Railways and Union Minister for Communications in the first Modi government. However, he lost the 2019 Lok Sabha election from Ghazipur in Uttar Pradesh.

The change took place on the first anniversary of the Centre’s move to scrap special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and bifurcation of the erstwhile state into two union territories (UTs)-Ladakh and J&K, when first LG Girish Chandra Murmu resigned after holding the office for nine months.