Mumbai, Sep 5: Former Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, was sworn in as the Governor of Maharashtra in a function here on Thursday.
Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court Justice Pradeep Nandrajog administered the oath of office to Mr Koshyari at the sea-facing Raj Bhavan. In a surprise to all invitees, the new Governor read out his entire oath in Marathi, an official statement said.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis, Union Ministers Arvind Sawant, Ramdas Athawale, State Ministers Chandrakant Patil, Vinod Tawde, Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai, Diwakar Raote, Dr Suresh Khade, Uttarakhand Ministers Harak Singh Rawat, Subodh Uniyal, Rekha Arya and Dr Dhan Singh Rawat, Ministers of State from Maharashtra and Almora MP, among others, attended the ceremony.
State chief secretary Ajoy Mehta read out the warrant of appointment of Mr Koshyari issued by the President Ram Nath Kovind. Lokayukta of Maharashtra Justice M L Tahiliyani, Right to Services commissioner Swadhin Kshatriya, State Chief Election Commissioner U P S Madan, Director General of Police Subodh Jaiswal, City Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve, Principal Secretary (Protocol) Nandkumar, Vice-Chancellor of University of Mumbai Dr Suhas Pednekar, Vice-Chancellor of SNDT Women’s University Dr Shashikala Wanjari were prominent among those present on the occasion.
Soon after taking oath as the 19th Governor of Maharashtra, Mr Koshyari extended his greetings and good wishes to all teachers on occasion of Teachers’ Day. Incidentally, Mr Koshyari has had served as teacher at a college in Etah (Uttar Pradesh) for some time, the statement added. (UNI)