Home/ News / India/  Ramesh Bais appointed as new Governor of Maharashtra, BS Koshyari's resignation accepted by President

Ramesh Bais has been appointed as the new Governor of Maharashtra; the President of India has accepted the resignation of Bhagat Singh Koshyari as Governor of Maharashtra. Ramesh Bais was the tenth Governor of Jharkhand, succeeding Draupadi Murmu.

Born on August 2, 1947, Mr. Bais was the governor of Tripura before assuming the new role in the eastern state.

He had earlier served as the Union Minister of State for Steel and Mines, Chemicals and Fertilizers, Information and Broadcasting, and Environment & Forests (independent charge). Ramesh Bais on Wednesday took oath as the 10th Governor of Jharkhand, succeeding Draupadi Murmu.

Mr. Bais was the seven-term BJP MP of Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur. He was among the eight governors appointed by President Ram Nath Kovind on July 6.

A Chhattisgarh native, Mr. Bais had started his political career as a councillor of the Raipur Municipal Corporation, and was later elected as a member of the Madhya Pradesh assembly in 1980. He was also the former BJP vice-president of the party's MP unit.

Apart from an interest in agriculture, he had also served as the president of the Chhattisgarh Archery Olympic Association.

Earlier, last month ) Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who has been in the line of Opposition fire over his remarks on Chhatrapati Shivaji, on Monday said he has expressed desire before Prime minister Narendra Modi to quit the post.

Koshyari, 81, took charge as the Maharashtra governor in September 2019.

When the Uddhav Thakeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi was in power, he had several run-ins with the government on a range of issues including the appointment of 12 members to the state legislative council from the gubernatorial quota, which he never approved. The MVA had accused him of acting in a partisan manner.

The latest controversy surrounding Koshyari was about his remarks on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj whom he described as the "icon of olden times". The remarks triggered protests from the Opposition parties demanding that he be sacked.

*with agency inputs

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Updated: 12 Feb 2023, 09:36 AM IST
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