Kalyan Singh tipped for Rajasthan governor post

Kalyan Singh tipped for Rajasthan governor post

Kalyan Singh tipped for Rajasthan governor post

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh is tipped to be the next Rajasthan Governor, with Union Home Ministry clearing the file.

Singh has been reluctant to move into a Raj Bhavan though top BJP leadership was keen on rewarding him with a gubernatorial post. Deccan Herald had last month reported that he was not keen on Governorship and following pressure applied by him, he was not included in the first list of Governors appointed by NDA government.

Union Home Ministry had cleared the file two days ago and forwarded it to President Pranab Mukherjee for his assent. So far, the BJP-led government has appointed six Governors while there are vacancies in five states.

Sources said BJP leadership has now convinced the 82-year-old leader to accept the posting though he wanted to remain in Uttar Pradesh to stake his claim for leadership when the state goes to polls. He had also lobbied for a post for his son Raj Vir Singh. 

Leaders convinced Singh to take up the gubernatorial post and offered assignment in a big state. Before Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva’s term ended on August 5, sources said, Singh was told that he could become the Governor of the BJP-ruled state.Singh’s tenure in Rajasthan will be keenly watched as he has to deal with Chief Minister Vasundhare Raje, who is also a senior party leader.

The Central Government is going slow on appointing new Governors though there are a number of vacancies. Deccan Herald had reported that party veterans had been lobbying hard for gubernatorial posts, delaying the process. 

O Rajagopal, who was tipped to be Karnataka Governor, could not find his name in the first list after the lobbying intensified.

With Parliament in session and party busy with the upcoming National Executive, besides choosing a team for new President Amit Shah, sources said appointment of Governors could not be expected instantly. There are also reports that a couple of UPA appointed High Commissioners and Ambassadors could face the axe.