Ladakh appoints new deputy governor amid protests against statehood demands

The president also appoints governors of 11 states.


Amid ongoing agitation by the people of Ladakh for statehood and special status under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, the Center today appointed a new Deputy Governor of the Union Territory of Ladakh.

BD Mishra, former brigadier general of the Indian Army and current governor of Arunachal Pradesh, has been appointed governor of Ladakh.

Deputy Governor Radha Krishna Mathur quietly left his office in Leh on Saturday after saying goodbye to his staff on Saturday.

A communiqué issued by the Presidency this morning stated that the President of India has accepted the resignation of Bhagat Singh Koshyari as Governor of Maharashtra and Shri Radha Krishnan Mathur resigns as deputy governor of Ladakh. The president also appointed governors of 11 states and deputy governor of UT Ladakh.

On Saturday, Mr Mathur packed his bags and informed staff he was leaving, the source said, without giving any reason for the sudden decision.

It was unclear whether Mr Mathur had been asked by the center to resign or had chosen to leave amid ongoing unrest among Ladakhis.

Radha Krishna Mathur, 69, spent more time in Delhi than in Leh during her more than three-year tenure as deputy governor.

Former defense minister Mr Mathur was appointed as Ladakh’s first deputy governor after the state of Jammu and Kashmir was stripped of its statehood in August 2019 and split into two union territories.

Lehites, who celebrated union territory status in 2019, have risen against central rule. After three years in UT status, Ladakhi leaders say they are better off in Jammu and Kashmir and will not keep the region under the rule of a permanent governor.

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