As Baby Rani Maurya, surprisingly two years before the completion of her tenure in the office, resigned as the governor of Uttarakhand a week ago citing personal reasons, retired Lieutenant General Gurmit Singh has been appointed to replace her. The oath of office was taken in presence of Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and administered by the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court Justice RS Chauhan at the Raj Bhawan.

Amid speculations that Baby Rani Maurya may have resigned in order to contest in the upcoming UP assembly elections, Congress has alleged that the outgoing governor, who notably also served as as the mayor of Agra from 1995 to 2000, has been removed over the recruitment scam. Uttarakhand has been no stranger to sudden change of incumbents in authority recently as Pushkar Singh Dhami took charge as the third CM within a span of just four months, all of them from the BJP. This instability of power has been seen as a weak spot for the ruling party in the state and has provided the opposition and critics ample scope for questioning the intentions and political integrity of the party. All eyes are now on how the retired army officer works on building a better image and gain popularity and trust of those in power and also the people of Uttarakhand.

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