Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor GC Murmu resigns year after abrogation of Article 370

Exactly a year after the government of India announced the abrogation of Article 370 as well as the bifurcation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu has reportedly resigned from his post.

India Today

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu has resigned from his post, according to sources. Murmu’s resignation on the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370 which gave special status to the erstwhile state.

According to sources, J&K L-G GC Murmu sent his resignation letter to the Centre on Wednesday evening and will vacate his post immediately. Murmu is currently in Jammu and will leave for Delhi tomorrow.

Reports that GC Murmu has resigned had been circulating on social media as well as within the state since early Wednesday.

The speculations over Murmu’s exit were further bolstered by a tweet from National Conference leader Omar Abdullah. “What’s with all this chatter surrounding the LG of J&K? Came out of nowhere a few hours ago and suddenly it’s all over social media and WhatsApp in J&K,” Abdullah wrote on Twitter.

Murmu officially took charge as the first L-G of the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir on October 31, 2019, under the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.

GC Murmu is a 1985 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of the Gujarat cadre. He also served as the principal secretary to PM Narendra Modi during his tenure as the chief minister of Gujarat.

Earlier on Wednesday, the commander of the Army’s Northern Command Lt Gen YK Joshi met Lt Governor GC Murmu at the Raj Bhavan and discussed the overall security management of the Union territory.

The L-G and Lt Gen Joshi reportedly discussed various important issues pertaining to the prevailing security scenario and the overall security management in Jammu and Kashmir.

With inputs from India Today