Senior BJP leader Satya Pal Malik was sworn in as the governor of Bihar on Wednesday. He was administered the oath of office by Patna High Court Chief Justice Rajendra Menon at Raj Bhawan in Patna.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, and many other dignitaries were present on the occasion.
The post was left vacant after Ram Nath Kovind resigned from the post following his nomination as BJP’s presidential candidate.
On his arrival in Patna on Tuesday, Malik was received by the Chief Minister, his cabinet colleagues, assembly speaker and senior government officers. He was presented with a bouquet by the Chief Minister.
Malik was BJP’s national vice-president and served as Union minister of state for parliamentary affairs and tourism before being appointed as the Governor of the state.
Hailing from Baghpat district in western Uttar Pradesh, Malik is a law graduate and he began his political career in the 1970s as a member of the UP state Legislative Assembly.
He was elected to the Rajya Sabha twice in 1980 and 1986 before being elected as the Lok Sabha member from Aligarh in 1989. He was also a member of Uttar Pradesh assembly from 1974 to 1977.
He holds B.Sc and LLB degrees from Meerut University and a diploma in parliamentary affairs from Institute of Constitutional and Parliamentary Studies run by Parliament of India.