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V P Singh Badnore, 68 | Punjab
V P Singh Badnore, 68, has been appointed Punjab governor, the posting coming just after his term as Rajya Sabha MP ended last month. PRS Legislative Research records his attendance at 91 per cent during that term. Twice an MP and four times a Rajasthan MLA, the BJP leader was minister for irrigation in Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s cabinet.
Jagdish Mukhi, 73 | Andaman & Nicobar Islands
BJP veteran Jagdish Mukhi, 73, came under the spotlight in the last Delhi assembly elections when AAP posters on autos showed him alongside Arvind Kejriwal, declaring Mukhi as the BJP’s CM candidate to rival Kejriwal. Mukhi contested that poll against his son-in-law; both los
Najma Heptulla, 76 | Manipur
For virtually an entire generation of Indians, the words Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson would be followed by Najma Heptulla. Now headed for Manipur as governor, Heptulla, 76, conducted the Rajya Sabha for a record-breaking 17 years before walking out of the Congress, a party she had been a part of for over 40 years. The BJP fielded her in 2007 as the candidate for the post of the vice-president, which she lost to current incumbent Hamid Ansari.
Banwari Lal Purohit, 76 | Assam
Assam’s new governor, Banwari Lal Purohit, 76, is a veteran politician from Vidarbha who was three times a Lok Sabha member — twice from the Congress and once from the BJP. In 2007, he created a controversy when he claimed that he had arranged an hour-long meeting between then RSS chief Balasaheb Deoras and then prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1989. Purohit’s claim was that Rajiv had forged a secret pact with the RSS to permit shilanyas and construction of Ram temple at Ayodhya in exchange for RSS support to the Congress in the 1989 elections.
Farooq Khan, 61 | Lakshadweep
Newly appointed Lakshadweep administrator Farooq Khan, 61, is a retired IPS officer who led anti-militancy operations in Kashmir. He led the police action that led to the clearing of the Hazratbal shrine in 1996. The 1994-batch IPS officer retired in 2013 in the rank of inspector general of police.