Former Union Minister Najma Heptullah was today made Governor of Manipur among new gubernatorial appointments announced for four states including Punjab which goes to the polls next year.
Heptullah, 76, had last month resigned as Minority Affairs Minister from Union Cabinet.
The resignation had come as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is believed to have set an unwritten rule of '75-year age bar' for ministers and had kept veterans like L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi out of the Cabinet and in the Margdarshak Mandal.
Meghalaya Governor V Shanmuganathan was holding additional charge as Manipur Governor.
Former Rajya Sabha MP V P Singh Badnore will be the new Punjab Governor. The 68-year-old Badnore, who hails from Rajasthan, will succeed Shivraj Patil, the communique said. Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki was holding additional charge of Punjab.
Banwarilal Purohit, a three-time former member of Lok Sabha from Nagpur and managing editor of The Hitavada, will be the new Governor of Assam. Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya was holding additional charge of Assam.
Delhi-based BJP leader and former MLA Prof Jagdish Mukhi was made Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, according to the Rashtrapati Bhavan communique.
The 73-year-old Mukhi has been appointed in place of Lt General (Retd) A K Singh, it said.