Patna: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Satya Pal Malik was on Wednesday sworn in as the governor of Bihar at the Raj Bhavan in Patna.

The post had fallen vacant after Ram Nath Kovind was nominated as BJP’s presidential candidate. West Bengal governor K.N. Tripathi had been holding the additional charge of Bihar in the interim.

Malik was administered the oath of office by chief justice of the Patna high court Rajendra Menon, in the presence of a host of dignitaries, including chief minister Nitish Kumar, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Bihar legislative assembly speaker Vijay Chaudhary and outgoing chairman of legislative council Awadhesh Narain Singh.

Hailing from Baghpat district in western Uttar Pradesh, Malik is a law graduate and he began his political career in the 1970s as a member of the UP state legislative assembly. He got elected from Aligarh Lok Sabha constituency on a Janata Dal ticket in 1989.

He also served as a member of the Rajya Sabha for two terms.