Arif Mohammad Khan takes oath as Kerala Governor


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Former Union minister and veteran politician Arif Mohammad Khan sworn in as the Governor of Kerala on Friday.

Chief Justice of the Kerala High Court Hrishikesh Roy administered Khan the oath of office at the Raj Bhawan here.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, his Cabinet colleagues and other top officials were present at the occasion.

On Thursday, 68-year-old Khan was arrived here and was given a guard of honour at the airport.

Former Union Minister Khan was appointed as the Governor of Kerala on September 1.

Khan replaces Justice (Retd) Palanisamy Sathasivam who was appointed as governor of the state in September 2014.

Former Congress leader Khan had in past voiced his support for many decisions of the BJP government and including the Triple Talaq bill.

Khan, who a Union Minister during former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's tenure, had resigned from his position after the then government decided to overturn the Supreme Court judgment in the Shah Bano case by bringing legislation in the Parliament.

He had also left the Congress party in 1986 over Muslim Personal Law Bill and triple talaq legislation.

Khan entered politics as a student leader at the age of 26 and has been a member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly and as well as the Lok Sabha.

He served as a Union minister in the Cabinets of former prime ministers Rajiv Gandhi and V.P.Singh.

In his long political career, Khan has changed several parties -- starting from former prime minister Charan Singh's Bharatiya Kranti Dal, Congress, Janata Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party. In 2004, he joined the BJP but quit three years later.


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