Konwar sworn in as Tripura governor

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By OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
  • Published 26.03.13
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Agartala, March 25: Former Bihar governor and Congress leader from Assam, Debananda Konwar, was sworn in as the 13th governor of Tripura today.

Konwar arrived yesterday with a huge team of 60 people comprising his relatives, friends and former political colleagues. He was given a rousing welcome by chief minister Manik Sarkar, cabinet colleagues, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the state Assembly and senior officials.

Konwar was administered the oath of office by Justice Deepak Gupta, newly sworn-in Chief Justice of Tripura High Court, in the Durbar Hall of Raj Bhavan at 10.45 in the morning.

The programme was attended by the state cabinet headed by the chief minister, Speaker Ramendra Debnath and Deputy Speaker Pabitra Kar, senior officials headed by chief secretary S.K. Panda, DGP S.K. Sinha and chiefs of central paramilitary forces.

After Tripura became a full-fledged state in January 1972, B.K. Nehru became the first governor. L.P. Singh succeeded him in September 1973. S.M.H. Burney then replaced him in June 1984. Gen. (retired) K.V. Krishnarao, Sultan Singh, K.V. Raghunath Reddy, Ramesh Bhandari, professor (retired) Siddheshwar Prasad, Lt Gen. (retired) Krishna Mohan Seth, Dinesh Nandan Sahay, Kamala Beniwal and D.Y.Patil followed Burney. Among the governors, Kamala Beniwal had the briefest tenure of only 40 days between October 16, 2009, and November 26, 2009.

After today’s brief swearing-in ceremony, Konwar did not speak to the media but had a brief interaction with the chief minister. Sarkar had earlier resented the Union home ministry’s unilateral decision to foist Konwar on Tripura without consultation with the state government but he added that his government would maintain a cordial relation with the governor as always. “He holds a very important constitutional post and is experienced as he was earlier the governor of a larger state like Bihar. We will work together smoothly,” Sarkar said after the ceremony.

Sarkar initially refused to talk about politics in today’s media interaction but later said the Left Front’s poll victory with more votes and seats had put a “great responsibility’ on his government.

“We are aware of people’s high expectations from us and I can assure all of you that there will be no lack of effort on our part. We will act according to the wishes of the people and satisfy them with good governance and by solving their problems.”