West Bengal will have a new Governor by Republic Day to fill the vacancy caused by the expiry of tenure of Gopalkrishna Gandhi.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conveyed the Centre’s intention to West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee during their one-to-one on Saturday.

Mr. Bhattacharjee declined to divulge specifics on the matter. He admitted that names were discussed. The appointment would be made before Republic Day.

He also refused to comment when asked if Union Minister Mamata Banerjee’s proposal of retired Justice Rajinder Sachar for the post was discussed with Dr. Singh.