Who is Manoj Sinha The New Man in Charge of Jammu & Kashmir?
Who is Manoj Sinha ? On August 5, 2019, PM Modi led government revoked the special status of the state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) and converted it into two union territories. Exactly a year after that, the government has made another change and this time it’s the job of the top administrator of the UT. Manoj Sinha, a former union minister became the new lieutenant governor (L-G) of J&K replacing Girish Chandra Murmu who has now become new Comptroller and Auditor General of India.
On 6th August 2020, Girish Chandra Murmu in a sudden move announced his retirement from the post of the lieutenant governor (L-G) and President of India duly accepted the resignation. A press release released from the office of President Ram Nath Kovind later, stated, “The President has been pleased to appoint Shri Manoj Sinha, to be the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir with effect from the date he assumes charge of his office vice Shri Girish Chandra Murmu.”
Manoj Sinha: A Profile
So, what do we know about the the new Lieutenant Governor of J&K, a person who is in charge of managing the administration of one of the most tense union territories in the country.
Sinha, 61 years old, was born in Mohanpura in Ghazipur district. He joined the student wing of the BJP, Akhil Bharatiya Vidharthi Parishad, (ABVP) in the 1970s, and was elected the president if the Banaras Hindu Students Union in 1982.
Sinha, has often been referred as the “Vikas Purush” of Ghazipur for his developmental work as an MP in the constituency and has extensively worked to improve the condition of some of the most impoverished regions of eastern Uttar Pradesh. It is touted that the PM Modi was so impressed with his work that he was in the running for the chief minister’s post in Uttar Pradesh, after the BJP won a mammoth mandate in the Uttar Pradesh State elections in 2017.
Manoj Sinha is a highly educated professional, he has done his B-Tech and M-tech from the prestigious IIT-BHU and has an extremely clean image in the political circle which prompted PM Modi to make him a union minister when he took office in 2014.
Having been an MP, it is believed that Manoj Sinha will be able to connect with the people personally because of his experience in working in rural areas. But Sinha will have a difficult task at hand, as he has to set up the elections in the state, handle constant internal unrest and end the factionalism that has been plaguing the Jammu & Kashmir bureaucracy for a while.
Therefore, it is only time will tell how he deals with these problems as compared to his predecessors.