Arunachal has got another new Governor. BD Mishra, a Retired brigadier was on Tuesday sworn-in as the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh in the Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan. Chief Justice of Gauhati High Court Justice Ajit Singh administered the Oath of Office. Ever since Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma was transferred out to Mizoram, the Arunachal has struggled to have permanent Governor. For a sensitive border state like ours which is largely dependent on central government, the role of Governor is quite critical. It plays the role of bridge between centre and state. Former Chief Secretary of Assam JP Rajkhowa was appointed as Governor to replace Lt. Gen. Nirbhay Sharma.
His tenure was mired in controversy. Rajkhowa’s decision to pre-pone assembly session leading to fall down of Nabam Tuki lead Congress government was declared illegal by the Supreme Court. When the court verdict came centre wanted him to resign but he did not relent and ultimately centre dismissed him from the office. After him Meghalaya Governor V. Shanmuganathan who was holding additional charge of Arunachal resigned after allegation of sexual misconduct was reported from Shillong Rajbhawan. Nagaland Governor PB Acharya who was holding in charge of Arunachal also failed to win heart of the people. He was alleged of behaving more like RSS Pracharak than Governor. People of Arunachal will be hoping that new Governor BD Mishra restore the sanctity of Rajbhawan and act neutrally. Especially him being retired military personnel, the citizen of state will expect him to be secular and respect all faith. There is also need to push the agenda of development. Many important projects like Itanagar green field airport, Trans Arunachal Highway, etc need his urgent attention.