Srinagar, August 23: Satya Pal Malik was sworn-in as the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. The 72-year-old was administered the oath of office by chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir high court Gita Mittal.
His appointment as governor in J&K assumes significance at this juncture when the state is under the governor rule after the BJP and PDP broke their alliance in June.
Malik was the governor of Bihar and replaced NN Vohra who had been the governor since June 2008.
N N Vohra’ term as the governor of the state expired in July .
Malik arrived in Srinagar in a chartered plane on Wednesday and was received by the Member Parliament and former Chief Minister, Dr Farooq Abdullah; Advisors to the Governor, B B Vyas, K Vijay Kumar & Khurshid Ahmad Ganai; Chief Secretary, BVR Subrahmanyam; Director General Police, S P Vaid; Principal Secretary.
Malik, a former socialist leader from western Uttar Pradesh who was with the Congress in the 1980s, but later joined the BJP in 2004.
Malik ended the five-decade-long practice of retired bureaucrats being appointed to the post.
He is the first career politician to be named Jammu and Kashmir governor in over five decades.
Karan Singh, son of the state’s last king Hari Singh, was the last politician to occupy the post between 1965 and 1967.