AGARTALA, July 21 (IANS): Nagaland Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya Monday took additional charge as the governor of Tripura.
Acharya was sworn-in as the state's 15th governor by Tripura High Court Chief Justice Deepak Gupta at a simple ceremony at Raj Bhavan here.
Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, his cabinet colleagues, leaders of various political parties and army and police officials were present during the ceremony.
Acharya, an octogenarian, is a former Bharatiya Janata Party leader who served as the party's national secretary during 1995-2000 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the BJP's national general secretary. He was then in-charge of party affairs in northeastern states.
Acharya, who was also the national president of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad Saturday sworn in as the 19th governor of Nagaland in Kohima.
The governor's post in Tripura was lying vacant for the past 10 days after Vakkom B. Purushothaman, who took additional charge as governor of Tripura June 30, resigned July 11. He resigned claiming that he was not consulted on his transfer as governor from Mizoram to Nagaland.