Gandhinagar, 15 July-2014, Outlook: Senior BJP leader O P Kohli will be sworn-in as 24th Governor of Gujarat on July 16.
Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya of the Gujarat High Court will administer the oath of office and secrecy to Kohli in Gandhinagar town hall tomorrow at 6 PM, an official statement issued by the state government said.
According to an official communique of the Rashtrapati Bhavan, O P Kohli (78) was appointed as the governor of Gujarat yesterday.
Kohli has been appointed in place of former Gujarat Governor Dr Kamla Beniwal, who had frosty relations with Narendra Modi when he was Chief Minister of the state and was transferred to to Mizoram in a reshuffle of governors effected by the government on July 6.
Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva was appointed as the additional governor of Gujarat on July 7.
Kohli, who was a Rajya Sabha member from 1994 to 2000, takes over as Governor in Gujarat after 87-year-old Kamla Beniwal was moved to Mizoram by the Government for the remainder of her term till November this year.
Chief of BJP’s Delhi unit in 2009, Kohli has been associated with the BJP since his student days and was also president of the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). He later became chief of Delhi University Teachers’ Association.
The oath-taking ceremony is likely to be attended by Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel along with her cabinet colleagues.