Shimla, Jul 22 : Former Gujarat Governor Kalraj Mishra on Monday took oath as the 26th Governor of Himachal Pradesh, in a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan, here.
Chief Justice of HP High Court V Ramasubramanian administered the oath of office and secrecy to him. Earlier, Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh B K Agarwal read the warrant of appointment, as signed by President Ram Nath Kovind, before the oath ceremony. The Governor was also given an impressive Guard of Honour on the occasion.
First Lady of the state Satyawati Mishra; Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, his wife Dr Sadhna Thakur; Governor of Punjab VP Singh Badnore, along with his wife; Speaker, HP Vidhan Sabha Dr Rajiv Bindal; former Chief Ministers Virbhadra Singh and Prem Kumar Dhumal; Irrigation and Public Health Minister Mahender Singh Thakur and Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj were present on the occasion.
Besides, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Virender Kanwar; Industries Minister Bikram Singh; Forest Minister Govind Singh; Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Dr Rajiv Saizal; Leader of the Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, Judges of the HP High Court, Deputy Speaker Hans Raj and state MLAs graved the function. Chairman of the State Consumer and Redressal Commission PS Rana, Minister of Uttar Pradesh Labour Welfare Council Sunil Bhardwaj; Chairman of the State Public Service Commission Maj General DVS Rana; Mayor Kusum Sadret; DGP SR Mardi; Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of various Boards and Corporations, Vice-Chancellors of different Universities, senior officers of the Army, Police and civil departments were also present on the occasion.
Born on July 1, 2041 at Shaidpur (united province of British India), Mr Mishra, who remained In-charge of BJP state committee from 2010-2012, remained the three-time Rajya Sabha member (1978-84, 2001-06, 2006-12), member of Lok Sabha (2014-19) and member of Union Cabinet and member of Assembly from Deoria in Uttar Pradesh and he was the first elected president of Bhartiya Janta Party Yuva Morcha.
He would replace Acharya Dev Vrat, who was transferred as the Governor of Gujarat, in place of Mishra. (UNI)