Bhubaneswar, Dec 30 (LocalWire): In a first, three Odias donned the mantle of gubernatorial posts in three states simultaneously in 2019.
Girish Chandra Murmu, Mayubhanj-born IAS officer was appointed Lieutenant Governor of the newly carved-out union territory of Jammu & Kashmir.
Former Odisha minister Biswabhusan Harichandan was appointed governor of Andhra Pradesh and prior to both, Draupadi Murmu who, like Girish Murmu, is a Santhal from Mayubhanj, was appointed as the Governor of Jharkhand in 2015.
Seven other Odias earlier discharged the constitutional obligations as governors of various states.
The privileged list of Odias who essayed the role of Governors are Harekrushna Mahatab, Governor of Bombay province (1955-56), Biswanath Das, Governor of Uttar Pradesh (1962-67), Nityananda Kanungo, Governor of Gujarat (1965-71), Chinamani Panigrahi, Governor of Manipur (1989-93), Loknath Mishra, Governor of Assam (1991-97), Surendranath Dwivedy, Governor Arunachal Pradesh (1991-93) and Janaki Ballabh Patnaik, Governor of Assam (2009-14).
During the Sixties two Odias were appointed as Governors of two politically sensitive states – Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.
While Biswanath Das was the Governor of Uttar Pradesh from 1962 to 1967, Nityananda Kanungo had a five-year tenure as Governor of Gujarat from 1965 to 1971.