Former union minister Manoj Sinha appointed new Lt Guv of Jammu and Kashmir after GC Murmu resigns

Former union minister Manoj Sinha has been appointed as the new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir, President Ram Nath Kovind’s office announced on Thursday.

A Rashtrapati Bhawan communique today morning confirmed that Girish Chandra Murmu resignation has been accepted.

Sinha’s appointment came a day after GC Murmu abruptly resigned.

“The President has accepted the resignation of Shri Girish Chandra Murmu as Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir. The President has been pleased to appoint Shri Manoj Sinha, to be the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office vice Shri Girish Chandra Murmu,” a statement from President’s office read.

Reacting to the development, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah in a tweet said, “Last night there were one or two names that people were circulating as a done deal & this name wasn’t among them. You can always trust this government to pull an unexpected name out of the hat contrary to anything the “sources” had planted earlier.”

GC Murmu tendered his resignation on a day India completes one year of the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution.