Shivraj Patil sworn in as Punjab governor

Shivraj Vishwanath Patil was sworn-in as the Governor of Punjab today in place of S F Rodrigues whose term had expired in November last year.

Patil, a former union home minister and ex-Lok Sabha speaker, was administered the oath of office by Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal at the Punjab Raj Bhawan.

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, his Deputy Sukhbir Badal, Local Bodies Minister Manoranjan Kalia, Leader of Opposition Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda were among those present.

He had resigned from the post of Home Minister on November 30, 2008 following widespread criticism after the terrorist attack in Mumbai.

He is the first political personality in two decades to be made Punjab governor. The post was mostly held by retired generals as Punjab is a frontier state.

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