Shimla, Sep 11: Former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatraya took oath as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh at Raj bhavan here on Tuesday.
The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court V Ramasubramanian at 1100 hrs.
President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Septemeber 1 issued the appointment of Bandaru Dattatreya as 27th Governor of Himachal replacing Mr Kalraj Mishra, who has been transferred to Rajasthan in place of former Governor Kalayan Singh, recently.
The sworn-in ceremony was attended by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Prem Kumar Dhumal, Union minister of state for Home Affaris G Kishan Reddy, Speaker of Himachal Pradesh Assembly Rajiv Bindal, Chief Secretary Shrikant Baldi, Director General of Police S R Mardi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Sanjay Kundu, senior officials of the state government and various other dignitaries.
Mr Dattatreya was elected to Lok Sabha for four terms from Secunderabad constituency. He was first elected as an MP from Secunderabad in 1991 and went on to serve as the president of the Andhra Pradesh BJP unit between 1996 and 1998.
In 1998, he became an MP again and served as a Union Minister of State, Urban Development, in the Vajpayee government.
He was re-elected as an MP from Secunderabad in 2014, after two consecutive losses in 2004 and 2009.
The 72-year old was allotted the portfolio of Union Minister of State (Independent Charge), Labour and Employment in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, but was removed from the post in September 2017, before he completed his full term.
He also served as an Union Minister in Narendra Modi government till 2019. (UNI)