Ending the five-decade-long practice of retired bureaucrats being appointed to the post of governor of a state, Satya Pal Malik was appointed as the 13th governor of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
Malik took the oath of the office under the surveillance of the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Gita Mittal at the Raj Bhawan in New Delhi.
Former veteran politicians and chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Farooq Abdullah were among the guests in the oath-taking ceremony, which also witnessed the presence of many senior leaders of PDP, BJP, Congress and other parties.
Meanwhile, veteran BJP leader Lalji Tandon on Thursday sworn in as the 29th governor of Bihar after being administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of Patna High Court Mukesh R Shah at the Raj Bhavan, New Delhi.
Eminent leaders like Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Minister Sushil Kumar Modi were present at the oath ceremony.
The new governor of Jammu and Kashmir, Malik has worked with all political alliances in the nation and was the first politician to assume the position after Karan Singh, who held the office from 1965 to 1967.
Whereas, the new governor of Bihar, Tandon, started his political career in the 1970s and served as the member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council for two terms.
Reportedly close to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the former prime minister and a BJP veteran who recently breathed his last, Tandon won the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat in 2009, the same year the former PM announced his retirement from politics due to poor health.
(With inputs from agencies)