Aizawl: Jagdish Mukhi was on Saturday sworn in as the 19th governor of Mizoram, replacing the incumbent Kummanam Rajasekharan, who resigned on Thursday. He will discharge the duties of Mizoram governor in addition to his normal duties as the governor of Assam.
Gauhati High Court judge Justice Nelson Sailo administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mukhi in a swearing-in function held at Raj Bhavan in Aizawl on Saturday. The swearing-in ceremony was attended by chief minister Zoramthanga, assembly speaker Lalrinliana Sailo, cabinet ministers, MLAs and other dignitaries.
Speaking to reporters after being sworn in as the governor, Mukhi said he was privileged to take charge as the governor of a beautiful state like Mizoram. He said that he would try his best for the development of the state and discharge his duties as per the constitution.
Asked what he will do to resolve inter-state boundary dispute between Mizoram and Assam, Mukhi said it is beyond the purview of the governor’s duty as such issue rest with both the state governments.
The 76-year-old former BJP leader also said he will visit all Mizoram districts during his tenure as the governor of the state.
Mukhi has left for Guwahati on Saturday afternoon. He will return on Monday to attend and participate in the swearing-in ceremony of Lokayukta chairman C Lalsawta. He will also address the budget session of the newly formed 8th Mizoram Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.
Born in December 1942 in Dajal, Mukhi graduated BCom from Raj Rishi College in Rajasthan in 1965 and completed master degree from university of Delhi in 1967. He obtained doctorate degree in finance from Kurushetra university in 1995.
Mukhi has engaged with RSS since 1958 and became the general secretary of the Janakpuri branch of the nascent Janata Party in 1977. His first election success was in a 1980 by-election for the advisory Delhi Metropolitan Council.
He was awarded as best planning minister of the nation by the then Union planning minister Pranab Mukherjee.
He has worked at all levels in the BJP and given the best performance as president, general secretary of some BJP units. He became Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in August 2016 and Governor of Assam in September 2017.