Ramesh Bais (74) will succeed Droupadi Murmu as the new governor of Jharkhand after a formal notification was issued from the office of the President of India on Tuesday.
Bais, who was governor of Tripura before being assigned to Jharkhand, is among seven others whom President Ramnath Kovind appointed in various states.
Born on August 2, 1947, Bais has been the governor of the northeastern state since 2019 and was also part of the Union cabinet. He was the minister of state for environment and forests in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led government. Bais will be the 10th governor of Jharkhand.
Murmu who was appointed in May 2015 as the first woman governor of the state also holds the distinction of being the first resident of Raj Bhawan to have completed a five-year term in the state since its creation in year 2000.
Bais, who is from Chhattisgarh, has been a member of the BJP and served as Union minister of state (Independent charge) for environment and forests during the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government from 1999. He was elected to the 9th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th Lok Sabha from Raipur.
His appointment has evoked mixed reactions in Jharkhand. BJP’s Khunti MP and Union tribal affairs minister Arjun Munda said, “I congratulate honorable Ramesh Bais on his appointment as governor of Jharkhand. He has an illustrious experience in politics and parliamentary affairs and his wisdom will help in overall development of the state.”
President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday appointed new governors in eight states of the country, ahead of the much-anticipated reshuffle of the cabinet.