Srinagar/ New Delhi:
Manoj Sinha, a senior BJP chief and former Union Minister, is the brand new Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir after Girish Chandra Murmu resigned yesterday.
The massive change, which occurred on the primary anniversary of the centre’s transfer to scrap particular standing to Jammu and Kashmir beneath Article 370 and switch it into two union territories, brings again a political face within the prime submit.
Manoj Sinha, 61, has been a Lok Sabha MP and a member of the BJP’s prime management panel, the nationwide council. He was a Minister of State within the first time period of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Precisely one 12 months after J&Ok’s particular standing was scrapped, Mr Sinha’s appointment is seen as an try to revive political course of in Jammu and Kashmir. Sources say Prime Minister Narendra Modi may go to Srinagar in coming days.
“It relies upon how Delhi desires to proceed,” an official mentioned final night time, when Mr Sinha’s identify was nonetheless to be introduced. “If it desires political exercise to start out, it has to nominate somebody who can join with politicians and political events there,” mentioned the retired bureaucrat who served within the Cupboard Secretariat.
GC Murmu, compared, was a bureaucrat handpicked at a time the centre needed an administrator to see Jammu and Kashmir by the huge adjustments. His predecessor on the time, Satyapal Malik, was one other political face who was within the information over controversial statements.
Mr Murmu, a 1985-batch Gujarat cadre officer, labored with PM Modi when he was the Gujarat Chief Minister. After Mr Modi turned the Prime Minister, the officer joined the Union Finance Ministry. He turned Joint Secretary within the expenditure division.
The senior bureaucrat was anticipated to retire on November 30 final 12 months.
Mr Murmu’s resignation comes days after an issue over media experiences quoting him that elections within the union territory will be held after the continued delimitation train. Elections haven’t been held in Jammu and Kashmir within the two years for the reason that elected authorities collapsed, with the ballot physique citing safety issues.
Reacting to the experiences, the Election Fee had, in a strongly-worded assertion, mentioned that selections on timing of elections might solely be made by it.
The GC Murmu-led J&Ok administration has additionally confronted controversy over its opposition to revive 4G web providers within the union territory. It has cited elevated terror exercise as the explanation behind its transfer within the Supreme Court docket in response to petitions looking for restoration of high-speed web.
Mr Murmu is the frontrunner for the submit of the nation’s new prime auditor, NDTV has learnt. The submit of the Comptroller and Auditor Normal (CAG) is predicted to fall vacant this week as Rajiv Mehrishi turns 65. The CAG is a constitutional submit and can’t be left vacant.
“Rajiv Mehrishi is popping 65 on August 8. That’s the reason the federal government is in a rush to search for a substitute,” a senior bureaucrat within the Cupboard secretariat advised NDTV.