Srinagar: As the search for a new Governor of Jammu and Kashmir is on, former J&K chief secretary BB Vyas has emerged as the main contender for the post, Kashmir Reader has learnt.
The term of incumbent Governor NN Vohra expired on June 28 but he is continuing to head the government after Governor’s Rule was imposed in J&K. The 82-year-old former Kashmir panel interlocutor is heading the state since 2008 and was granted extension of another term in 2003 to continue as the gubernatorial head. As per the J&K Constitution, the Governor shall hold office for a term of five years from the date of assuming office.
After Vohra’s term came to end in June, he was allowed to continue to lead the state in absence of an elected government and also because of the ongoing two-month-long Amarnath Yatra.
But Vohra has not sided with the Government of India to “accommodate certain decisions”, which is why his extension is unlikely to happen.
An order to appoint a new Governor would be issued after the Yatra ends, which will happen by August-end, said a government source, adding that Vyas is top contender for the post. Apart from him, the Government of India has also zeroed in on former home secretary and incumbent Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi. However, Vyas is the frontrunner for the post given his three decades of experience in Jammu and Kashmir.
The 1986-batch retired Indian Administrative Service officer, Vyas served as chief secretary as well on key positions in the state government including principal secretary to the Governor and to former chief minister Omar Abdullah, besides holding various positions including Principal Secretary Finance. Known for his administrative acumen, he shares cordial relations with all political parties. He is currently one of the three advisors to Vohra.