Sheila Dikshit appointed Kerala Governor

PTI
Published Mar 5, 2014, 4:29 am IST
Updated Mar 19, 2019, 11:08 am IST
Sheila will succeed Nikhil KUmar, who is resigning and is expected to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections
Former Delhi CM, Sheila Dixit
 Former Delhi CM, Sheila Dixit
New Delhi- Sheila Dikshit, a former three-time Chief Minister of Delhi, was today appointed as Governor of Kerala within three months of her defeat in the recent Assembly polls. Highly placed sources said that the decision has been conveyed to 75-year-old Dikshit, who will succeed Nikhil  Kumar, a former Delhi Police Commissioner.A senior Congress leader, met Union Minister  Sushilkumar Shinde in the morning and the decision to make her Kerala Governor was conveyed to her. 
 
Nikhil Kumar is resigning and is expected to contest the  upcoming Lok Sabha elections from the Aurangabad seat in Bihar, which he had won in 2004. During the Delhi Assembly elections in December last year,  Dikshit suffered an ignominious defeat from New Delhi seat at  the hands of Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal. 
 
Kejriwal, who succeeded Dikshit and has since resigned over the Jan Lokpal issue, won by more than 22,000 votes. The Congress came a poor third bagging eight seats in a  House of 70. Dikshit served as Chief Minister from 1998 to 2013 in  Delhi and had earlier represented Kannauj Parliamentary Constituency of Uttar Pradesh during the period between 1984 and 1989.
 
RJD President Lalu Prasad visited Nikhil Kumar's home in  Patna setting off speculation of his contesting the  Aurangabad Parliamentary seat. RJD and Congress sources confirmed the visit of Prasad to seek the blessings of Kumar's mother Kishori Sinha and to meet the Kerala Governor. Kumar is son of veteran Congress leader  and former Bihar chief minister Satyendra Narayan Singh. 
 
Kumar had lost the 2009 Lok Sabha elections from Aurangabad  to Sushil Kumar Singh. Aurangabad with an overwhelming population of Rajputs is popularly called 'Chittorgarh of Bihar'. The alliance between Congress and RJD is yet to be formalised after RJD chief offered 11 seats to Congress and 1  to NCP and sought a final response.
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Location: Kerala




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