Governor Ganga Prasad takes oath of office

Gangtok, 26 Aug [IPR]: Ganga Prasad was sworn in as the 16th Governor of Sikkim at a function held at New Raj Bhawan, Gangtok, today.

Acting Chief Justice, High Court of Sikkim, Justice Meenakshi M. Rai, administered the oath of office to the new Governor in the presence of Chief Minister Pawan Chamling and his Cabinet colleagues, Speaker Sikkim Legislative Assembly, Judge, High Court of Sikkim, Deputy Speaker, Sikkim Legislative Assembly, MP Lok Sabha, MLAs, senior officers of the State Government, and host of other dignitaries and invitees.

The swearing-in ceremony was followed by offering of traditional khadas to the new Governor by the Chief Minister and all the dignitaries present. The Governor was then presented a Guard of Honour.

Mr Prasad has served as a Member of Legislative Council of Bihar for 18 years, and also as the Leader of the Opposition (Bharatiya Janata Party) in the Bihar Legislative Council. He was also the Leader of the Bihar Legislative Council for the ruling party during the earlier NDA regime.

He succeeds Shriniwas Patil as the 16thGovernor of Sikkim.