Kohima, February 20 (MTNews): La. Ganesan was sworn in as the 21st Governor of Nagaland today at the Raj Bhavan, Kohima.
Ganesan succeeded Prof Jagdish Mukhi, the Governor of Assam, who was holding additional charge of Nagaland from September 2021 to February 14 this year.
Ganesan was earlier the governor of Manipur from August 2021 and held additional charge of West Bengal from July to November 2022. Born on February 16, 1945 in temple town Tanjore, Ganesan is a former RSS pracharak. He was nominated as a Rajya Sabha MP from Bhopal constituency and served for a brief period of 18 months. He is a member of the national executive committee of BJP since 1991.
The new Governor was administered the oath of office by Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Songkhupchung Serto in the presence of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton, Speaker Sharingain Longkumer, cabinet ministers, Director General of Police, Lokayukta Banuo Z Jamir, senior bureaucrats, officers of the state and civil society representatives.
Extending his congratulation, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio conveyed best wishes to La Ganesan on being sworn-in as the Governor of Nagaland and wished him a successful tenure. Speaking after his swearing-in ceremony, Ganesan said, “I feel deeply honored and privileged to be the first citizen of this fascinating state. It also puts an onus on me to live up to your expectations, an onus that is both inspiring and challenging.”
“As governor, I assure the people of Nagaland that in upholding the constitution I will always be inspired by the stirring message of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar who, in his closing speech to the Constituent Assembly, emphasized the need to hold fast to the constitutional methods of achieving our social and economic objectives,” he said in his first address to the people of the state. (Full speech here)
Meanwhile, the new Governor was also accorded the Rastriya Salute by the Nagaland Police Mahilla (IR) Contingents at Raj Bhavan. Chief Secretary of Nagaland, J. Alam, IAS conducted the swearing in ceremony.