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First tribal woman takes oath as Jharkhand governor

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Draupadi Murmu was today sworn in as the first woman Governor of Jharkhand.The oath-taking ceremony held at Birsa Mandap at the Raj Bhavan.

  • Murmu succeeds Syed Ahmed, who will take over as Manipur Governor.
  • Jharkhand High Court Chief Justice Virendra Singh administered the oath of office to Murmu.
  • She is the first tribal woman to hold the office of Governor of any state.
  • She is the first woman Governor of Jharkhand.
  • She is the first woman leader from Odisha to be appointed as a Governor in an Indian State.
  • Murmu will be sworn in as the ninth governor of Jharkhand.
  • Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, his cabinet colleagues, former Chief Ministers Shibu Soren and Arjun Munda, Union Minister of State for Rural Development Sudarshan Bhagat and a host of other dignitaries were present during the oath-taking ceremony.

About Draupadi Murmu :

  • She was a two-time BJP MLA from Odisha
  • She was a minister in the Naveen Patnaik cabinet when the Biju Janata Dal ruled the state with the support of Bharatiya Janata Party.
  • She headed the BJP’s Mayurbhanj district unit in Odisha.
  • Murmu was elected to the State Assembly twice from Rairangpur Assembly constituency in Mayurbhanj district in 2000 and 2004 elections.

Minister in Navin Patnaik Cabinet :

  • Murmu was Minister of State with independent charge for Commerce and Transport from March 6, 2000 to August 6, 2002
  • She was Mininster of Fisheries and Animal Resources Development from August 6, 2002 to May 16, 2004

Recent Appointments of Governors to Various States:

  • P. Rajkhowa – Governor of Arunachal Pradesh;
  • Tathagata Roy – the Governor of Tripura;
  • V. Shanmuganthan – the Governor of Meghalaya,
  • Lt. General (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh is transferred and
  • Dr. Syed Ahmed, Governor of Jharkhand is transferred and appointed as Governor of Manipur for the remainder of his term.