The Centre has approved the appointment of former Union minister Manoj Sinha as the next Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir.

He will replace Girish Chandra Murmu who resigned on Wednesday.


Sinha has represented the parliamentary constituency of Ghazipur in eastern Uttar Pradesh thrice in the Lok Sabha. He was defeated by Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) Afzal Ansari in last year’s Lok Sabha polls.

Sinha has also served as junior railways minister.

President Ram Nath Kovind accepted Murmu’s resignation on Thursday. There is buzz that he is going to be the next Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, replacing Rajiv Mehrishi who completes his term this week on August 7.

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