The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Tamil Nadu unit president La Ganesan became the new governor of Manipur on Sunday. The office of President Ram Nath Kovind said Ganesan said Ganesan’s appointment would be with effect from the date he assumed charge of his office. A former pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Ganesan replaced Najma Heptulla, who retired earlier this month, as the 17 governor of Manipur.
“The President has been pleased to appoint Shri La. Ganesan to be the Governor of Manipur with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office,” said Ajay Kumar Singh, press secretary to the President.
Heptulla had demitted office on August 10 and on the same day the charge was given to Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad.
I feel very elated because my services have been recognised. I am prepared to work at any place in India. With my experience, I will feel that entire India is one: La Ganesan, on being appointed as the Governor of Manipur pic.twitter.com/QUw2gyxgTj
— ANI (@ANI) August 22, 2021
La Ganesan expressed happiness over recognition of his services by the party. “I feel very elated because my services have been recognised. I am prepared to work in any place in India. BJP has given me an opportunity to work in Madhya Pradesh before and now in the northeast,” he stated. “Emotionally, I feel that entire Bharat is one. Now by experience, I will feel that the entire Bharat is one,” he added.
On being asked about the current issues in Manipur, Ganesan said that he has not taken the charge as the Governor yet and will only understand the core issues of the state once he takes the charge. “I am not alone. There is a whole party with me. Together we will be successful in our duties,” he added.
Interestingly, Ganesan had also replaced Heptulla as Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh. Before being appointed as the General Secretary of Tamil Nadu BJP unit, he was a Pracharak in RSS.
The development comes more than a week after Sikkim Governor Ganga Prasad Chaurasia took additional charge as Governor of Manipur, due to Heptulla absence citing health concerns.
Dr Najma A Heptulla was sworn in as the governor of Manipur in August 2016.
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit and Chief Minister M K Stalin on Sunday greeted La Ganesan on his appointment as Governor of Manipur. Stalin pointed out that the senior BJP leader from the state had a long political experience.
Purohit said he was delighted to know that Ganesan has been appointed as Governor of Manipur.
In a tweet, Stalin, also the DMK President, addressed Ganesan as an elder brother and recalled the BJP leader’s affectionate ties with his late father and former chief minister M Karunanidhi. “Greetings to elder brother La Ganesan, who has a long political experience,” Stalin said in the tweet.
மணிப்பூர் மாநில ஆளுநராகப் பொறுப்பேற்கவுள்ள தலைவர் கலைஞரின் அன்பைப் பெற்ற பண்பாளரும்; நீண்ட அரசியல் அனுபவத்துக்குச் சொந்தக்காரருமான அண்ணன் திரு. இல.கணேசன் அவர்களுக்கு வாழ்த்துகள்! pic.twitter.com/gbFySiCcRp
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) August 22, 2021
“I congratulate Thiru La. Ganesan and extend my best wishes for glorious service to the people of Manipur. I wish him peaceful and successful tenure in Manipur,” he said in a Raj Bhavan statement.