MUMBAI: Kateekal Sankaranarayanan, outgoing Governor of Jharkhand and former Kerala Finance Minister, was sworn in as Governor of Maharashtra on Friday.
J.N. Patel, acting Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court, administered the oath of office at a Raj Bhavan ceremony.
After the swearing-in, Mr. Sankaranarayanan was given a ceremonial guard of honour by the Navy. It was attended by the outgoing Governor S.C. Jamir, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal.
“My commander is the Constitution. I will work within the framework of the Constitution. I will go with the developmental goals of Maharashtra and support the good ventures of the government,” Mr. Sankaranarayanan told The Hindu.
As Governor of Jharkhand, Mr. Sankaranarayanan oversaw the elections in the State, which was under President’s Rule. Earlier, between February 3, 2007 and July 25, 2009, he was Governor of Nagaland. He also held additional charge as Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam for brief periods.
He was Cabinet Minister for Finance and Excise in the A.K. Antony Ministry in Kerala during 2001-2004.