Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik was appointed Governor of Jammu and Kashmir by the President on Tuesday. He replaces N.N. Vohra, who has occupied the J&K Raj Bhavan since 2008.
A Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué said BJP leader Lalji Tandon was appointed Bihar Governor in place of Mr. Malik.
The appointment of a person from a socialist background and not from the uniformed forces, as was speculated earlier, reflects the Centre’s willingness to continue dialogue and engagement in the State, currently under Governor’s rule. Mr. Vohra’s second six-year term (that equals the State Assembly’s term of six years) ended on June 25.
From student leader
Mr. Malik started out as a student leader in Meerut. In 1974 he joined Charan Singh’s Lok Dal and was elected an MLA to the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
He was later elected twice to Rajya Sabha — in 1980 as a Lok Dal candidate and in 1986 from the Congress.
However, he was disqualified from the Rajya Sabha as he started attending meetings of the Jan Morcha formed by the rebel Congress leader V.P. Singh.
In 1990 he became the Union Minister of State, Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism in the V.P. Singh Cabinet.
In 2004, he joined the BJP and contested Lok Sabha elections against Ajit Singh, son of his former mentor Charan Singh, from Baghpat. However, he lost the elections.
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