Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel on Wednesday took oath as governor of Madhya Pradesh at a ceremony at Raj Bhawan in Bhopal. Patel was given additional charge as Madhya Pradesh governor following the illness of incumbent governor Lal Ji Tandon. Chief Justice of the Madhya Pradesh High Court Ajay Kumar Mittal administered the oath of office to Patel in the presence of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and others.
Patel’s term will be effective from the date she assumes charge of office in the absence of Lal Ji Tandon, an order from the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind had earlier stated.
Madhya Pradesh Governor Lal Ji Tandon was on June 13 admitted to a hospital in Lucknow after he complained of fever. He also had urological complications and was shifted to the ICU. Tandon had since been unable to perform his duties due to ill health. He had to be put on a ventilator and his condition was reported to be serious but under control. Patel’s appointment is a temporary one untill Tandon returns to his duties.