Margaret Alva Sworn in as Rajasthan Governor

Margaret Alva Sworn in as Rajasthan Governor
Margaret Alva was today sworn in as Rajasthan Governor, after her shift from the Raj Bhavan in Uttarakhand in a gubernatorial reshuffle.

Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court Arun Mishra administered her oath of office in Hindi at a ceremony in Raj Bhawan attended by Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, members of state council of minister, her family members and others.

After this, she was given a guard of honour.

Jaipur Mayor Jyoti Khandelwal and Deputy Leader of the Opposition Ghanshyam Tiwari were also present on the occassion.

Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil had been holding the additional charge of Rajasthan since April, 2010, after the death of Prabha Rau.

Born on April 14, 1942 in Karnataka, Alva is the third woman Governor of Rajasthan after President Pratibha Patil and Prabha Rau.

Elected to the Rajya Sabha in 1974, Alva had served four consecutive six-year terms in the Upper House of Parliament before she was elected to Lok Sabha in 1999.

In 1984, she was appointed Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs in the Rajiv Gandhi government before moving to the Ministry of Human Resource Development in charge of Youth Affairs and Sports, Women and Child Development.

After the swearing in, Alva told reporters that the doors of the Raj Bhawan will remain open for commoners and "I would try to meet people regularly".

Asked why she arrived in Jaipur by a train instead of the state plane, Alva said she likes journey by train and there was no specific reason except this.
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