Major shake-up of governors in offing

May 21st, 2009 - 4:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, May 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be expected to fill up several vacancies of governors, whose terms come to an end in a few weeks, after he is sworn in Friday for the second consecutive term.
Among the governors whose tenures at various Raj Bhavans are coming to end include Nawal Kishore Sharma (Gujarat), S.S. Sidhu (Goa), Balram Jhakar (Madhya Pradesh), S.S. Barnala (Tamil Nadu), Gopalkrishna Gandhi (West Bengal), D.N. Sahay (Tripura), S.F. Rodrigues (Punjab), R.L. Bhatia (Bihar) and R.S. Gavai (Kerala).

“The prime minister will need to take a call soon as this is a big gubernatorial shake-up,” said a senior bureaucrat.

According to party insiders, Congress president Sonia Gandhi is expected to reward several party veterans with gubernatorial assignments especially after its spectacular showing in the just concluded general elections.

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