The move to appoint Sinha as LG of Jammu and Kashmir aims to reach out to people with a softer touch

Former Union Minister Manoj Sinha has today been appointed as the next Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir after the resignation of former LG Girish Chandra Murmu on Wednesday. President Ram Nath Kovind accepted Murmu’s resignation on Thursday, said a report by Hindustan Times.

“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,” the report quoted the statement from the President House.

According to Hindustan Times, the move to appoint Sinha as the next LG of J&K is aimed at reaching out to the people of the union territory with a softer political touch, something that Murmu was not able to achieve during his nine-month tenure. There is a buzz that Murmu might be the next Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, said the report.

Formerly, Sinha has represented the parliamentary constituency of Ghazipur in eastern Uttar Pradesh thrice in the Lok Sabha. He has served as minister of communications and minister of state for Railways. His name was also amongst the contenders for the post of UP chief minister but he eventually lost the post to Yogi Adityanath.

Sinha was elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1999.

Read the complete report in Hindustan Times