Jacob makes way for Joshi

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By The Telegraph Online
  • Published 13.04.07

Shillong, April 12 (PTI): Meghalaya Governor M.M. Jacob yesterday demitted office after a stay of over a decade at the Raj Bhavan here.

“There is no animosity among leaders in Meghalaya despite the frequent change of leadership,” he said. “The leaders are not the primary factors but unity among them, is.” The former Union minister earned the distinction of swearing in a dozen chief ministers during his 12-year stay.

Jacob, tipped to be the Congress candidate in the next vice-presidential election, said he was leaving the state with no regrets. “The state is on the right track of development and has a successful democracy,” he said.

Jacob, who was given a ceremonial farewell by the state government last night, said “good governance” was the answer to the problems of the state and all social evils.

B.L. Joshi, the new governor, was sworn in today.

Meghalaya chief minister D.D Lapang, however, said he was only “informed” and “not consulted” about the change of governor by the Centre.