BJP leader Ram Naik has been appointed to be the next Governor of Uttar Pradesh, filling a position vacated by BL Joshi, the Rashtrapati Bhavan informed, on Monday.
Other BJP leaders—OP Kohli, Balramji Das Tandon and Keshari Nath Tripathi have also been designated to be new Governors for Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal respectively. Likewise Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya will take the position as the Nagaland Governor replacing .
Earlier last month, witnessed an series of resignation by UPA appointed governors after an uproar that concluded in the eventual exit of seven state governors including Joshi,Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt, and others.
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Two Governors - HR Bhardwaj (Karnataka) and Devanand Konwar (Tripura) - retired late last month, while a few days ago, Lt Governor of Puducherry Virendra Kataria was sacked by the government.
A few other Governors appointed by the previous UPA regime, however, continue to remain in office despite the NDA government's pressure. They include K Sankaranarayanan (Maharashtra), Sheila Dikshit (Kerala), Jaganath Pahadia (Haryana) and Shivraj V Patil (Punjab). Kerala Governor Dikshit and Maharashtra Governor Sankaranarayanan may also be transferred to northeastern states, the sources said.