Former Union minister Najma Heptulla sworn in as Governor of Manipur at Raj Bhavan on Sunday. Acting Chief Justice of Manipur High Court Rakesh Ranjan Prasad administered the oath of office.
Heptulla, the 18th governor of the state, replaced Shanmuganathan who was holding the dual charge of Governor of Manipur and Meghalaya.
The swearing in ceremony was attended by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and his cabinet colleagues among others, an official statement said.
Heptulla’s appointment as governor comes after her resignation from the NDA Union cabinet last month on “age” grounds.
The government is believed to have set an unwritten ‘75-year age bar’ for ministers and has kept veterans such as L K Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi out of the cabinet.