Satya Pal Malik appointed as new Governor of Meghalaya


SHILLONG | AUG 18, 2020:

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday, August 18, has appointed Satya Pal Malik as the new Governor of Meghalaya.

Malik, who is the Governor of Goa, will take effect from the date he assumes charge of the office.

Meanwhile, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Governor of Maharashtra will discharge the functions of the Governor of Goa in addition to his own duties.

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Satya Pal Malik (born 24 July 1946) was the Ultimate Governor of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. He was the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir from August 2018 to October 2019, and it was during his tenure that the constitutional decision to abrogate Article 370, which gave special status to J&K, was taken in August 2019.

His first prominent stint as a politician was as a member of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly during 1974–77. He represented Uttar Pradesh in Rajya Sabha from 1980–86 and 1986–89. He was a member of the 9th Lok Sabha from Aligarh, from 1989 to 1991, as a member of Janata Dal. He was the Governor of Bihar from October 2017 to August 2018.

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On 21 March 2018, he was also given additional charge to serve as Governor of Odisha up to 28 May 2018. In August 2018, he was appointed Governor to the crucial state of Jammu and Kashmir.

And on 25 October 2019, he was appointed as the 18th and current Governor of Goa.