President Pranab Mukherjee appointed four new governors on Wednesday and the list includes former Union minister Najma Heptulla for Manipur.

The President also appointed new governors for the poll-bound state of Punjab, V.P. Singh Badnore, and Banwarilal Purohit for Assam.

Heptulla had resigned as Union minister for ministry of minority affairs on 12 July, a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the expansion and reshuffle of the council of ministers.

Heptulla will replace V. Shanmuganathan, Governor of Meghalaya, who was holding additional charge as Manipur governor since last September.

“The President has been pleased to make the following appointments: Banwarilal Purohit as the governor of Assam, Najma A. Heptulla as the governor of Manipur, V.P. Singh Badnore as the governor of Punjab, Jagdish Mukhi as the Lieutenant- Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The appointments will take effect from the dates the incumbents assume charge of their respective offices," a statement issued by Union government said.

Modi has initiated a new rule in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in which leaders above the age of 75 will not hold any position in the party or will not be part of any government.

Heptulla, who turned 76 earlier this year, also became a victim of the rule initiated by the prime minister.

Out of the three governors and one lieutenant-governor appointed by the President, assembly elections are due in two states—Punjab and Manipur.

Badnore, who is from Rajasthan and was a member of both the state assembly and Parliament, has been associated with the BJP since the days of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS).

After being a member of the legislative assembly for four terms, Badnore became a member of Parliament (MP) in 1999.

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