Among the names doing the rounds for the new governor of Jammu and Kashmir, former home secretary Anil Baijal is most likely to replace the current governor NN Vohra. Media reports suggest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will soon take his decision on the replacement in a couple of days.
A retired IAS officer, Baijal, was earlier in the executive council of the ViUnion Government is busy looking for the replacement and the decision is likely to be taken ‘very soon’.vekananda International Foundation. Many of the think-tank’s former members have been appointed to senior positions by the government.
The other names doing the rounds for the job are BJP leader General BC Khanduri, a Union minister in the AB Vajpayee government and also a former chief minister of Uttarakhand, General Syed Ata Hasnain, who was a former commander of Srinagar-based XV Corps, VP Malik who was the Chief of Army Staff during the Kargil war, former Delhi Lieutenant Governor Vijay Kapoor and former Mizoram Governor AR Kohli, reported News18.
On Saturday, J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti met PM Modi in Delhi and recently Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the Valley on August 25, both to discuss the situation in the Kashmir. The issue of change of governor is believed to have been discussed in both meetings.
Death toll in the ongoing unrest has risen to 71, including three policemen while over 11,000 others have been injured since the violence started following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 9.