New Meghalaya guv to be sworn-in on Thursday

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HT Correspondent

ITANAGAR/ SHILLONG, Oct 2: Retired army Brigadier Dr B D Mishra will be sworn-in as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday. The Governor designate along with his better half Neelam Mishra will be arriving at Itanagar on Tuesday at around 10 am.

The swearing-in ceremony will take place at the Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan at 11.30 am. A state reception will be accorded to the Governor designate on his arrival at Raj Bhavan helipad.

Meanwhile, the state government on Monday bid an official farewell to Governor PB Acharya and first lady Kavita Acharya. On behalf of the state government, deputy chief minister Chowna Mein hosted a farewell high tea at State Guest House, Niti Vihar here.

Union minister of state for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju; speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, Er. TN Thongdok; parliamentary secretaries; members of Legislative Assembly; chief secretary in-charge Bilatee Pertin and DGP Sandeep Goyal were present amongst others.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor conveyed his good wishes and expressed his hope that the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh will develop in leaps and bounds. He also hoped that his initiatives such as Autonomous Puroik Welfare Board, Department of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Affairs, Bhaichara Samiti etc. will further strengthen the Arunachalee society.

Chowna Mein, Rijiju and others in their speeches termed Acharya as ‘people’s Governor’. The Governor Secretariat had arranged a farewell meeting on Sunday.

On the other hand, the swearing-in ceremony of the newly appointed Governor of Meghalaya, Ganga Prasad, will be held on October 5 at the Raj Bhavan in Shillong, officials said on Monday.

Prasad will be sworn-in by the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court Dinesh Maheshwari in the presence of chief minister and his cabinet at 4 pm. The former member of Bihar Legislative Council Ganga Prasad was appointed as the Governor of Meghalaya by President Ram Nath Kovind on September 30.

Prasad has been a member of the legislative council in Bihar for 18 years. He was a businessman by profession, joined politics as a Jan Sangh member in 1967 and held various organisational posts in it as well as in the BJP. His son Sanjeev Chaurasia is a BJP MLA from Digha constituency in Bihar’s Patna district.

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