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'Best MLA' Awardee Jagdish Mukhi Appointed As Assam Governor

New Delhi:  Jagdish Mukhi has been appointed the new governor of Assam, as President Ram Nath Kovind announced new governors for 5 states. Mr Mukhi will take over from Banwarilal Purohit, who has been appointed as the governor of Tamil Nadu.

Jagdish Mukhi was earlier the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar, a post he held since August 2016. Admiral (Retd) Devendra Kumar Joshi will take over Mr Mukhi’s former post.

Born on 1st December 1942 in the Dera Ghazi Khan district of Punjab, which is now in Pakistan, he moved to Sohna village in the Gurgaon district in 1947.

He took his first steps into politics as early as 1958, when he went through the Initial Training Camp of RSS. In 1963, he was elected as the president of the students union of Raj Rishi College in Alwar as the ABVP candidate.

Having completed his Masters in Commerce from Sriram College of Commerce in Delhi University, Mr Mukhi joined the Reserve Bank of India.

It wasn’t until 1975, however, that Jagdish Mukhi would become actively involved in politics. When Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, announced the emergency, Mr Mukhi worked hard with the RSS to campaign against it.

He soon rose through the ranks of BJP and by 1993 had been elected as an MLA 3 times by 1993. In 1993, he was given the portfolios of finance, planning and higher education in Delhi.

In 1995, he visited UK, Spain and Germany as a member of the committee of finance ministers, appointed by the then finance minister Manmohan Singh, to study the VAT system for India. In the same year, he was awarded a Ph.D in finance from Kurukshetra University in Delhi.

In 1997, he went on another important tour, going to Japan, Singapore, Bangkok and Korea to study for the metro rail system.

He was elected as an MLA 4 more times in his life, and in 2003, he was awarded the Best  MLA by the then Lok Sabha speaker, Manohar Joshi.

Between 1998 and 2008, Mr Mukhi served as the leader of opposition in the Delhi Assembly.