Shimla, Jul 13 : BJP leader, former Goa Minister and Legislative Assembly Speaker Rajendera Vishwanath Arlekar on Tuesday took oath as new Governor of Himachal Pradesh at Raj Bhawan in Shimla.
Acting Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High court Justice Ravi Malimath administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr Arlekar in a short but impressive ceremony this morning.
Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh Anil Kachai conducted the oath taking ceremony in the presence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, state cabinet members Suresh Bhardwaj, Govind Singh Thakur, Dr Rajiv Saizal, MLAs, Justice P S Rana, Chairman, Human Right Commission, Narender Chauhan, Chief Information Commissioner, Ajay Sharma, Chairman, HP Public Service Commission, Mayor, Satya Kaundal, DGP Sanjay Kundu, Ashok Sharma.
Mr Arlekar replaced Mr Banadaru Dattatraya who was transferred as Governor of Haryana recently.
Mr Arlekar, who arrived here last evening, was welcomed by the Chief Minister and members of his council of ministers.
Later, interacting with the representatives of media, Mr Arlekar said that he would take the initiatives of the state government forward. He said that it was a higher post of constitution and he would work in coordination with the Government.
”I will give whatever support the Government needs in development. We would work together for the protection of the rich environment of the state,” he said.