Srinagar: The Central Government abolished Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir on August 5. With this, the state was divided into two union territories. Instead of the Governor, Lt. Governor will be appointed in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The process of reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir is going on and the day of 31 October is drawing to a close. So far, the status of who will be the Lieutenant Governor in both these places is not clear.
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It is being speculated that the Central Government is in favour of retaining Governor Satyapal Malik as the Lieutenant Governor of both the new Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. However, Malik has not yet given his consent on this. If all goes well, he will be sworn in as the first Deputy Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on 31 October. According to sources, the swearing-in ceremony of the lieutenant governor of the two union territories will vary. The Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh will be sworn in at Leh on the morning of 31 October while the Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir will be sworn in at Srinagar in the afternoon.
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If Governor Malik agrees to take command of both Union Territories, he will take oath first in Leh and then in Srinagar. Only the Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court Geeta Mittal will administer the oath to the Lieutenant Governor under the provision of the Indian Constitution. Besides the Union ministers and senior officials of the central government, senior officials of the state administration and judges of the High Court will also be present at the swearing-in ceremony.
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