Will Rakesh Asthana be next West Bengal Governor?

August 05, 2022 ・0 comments

With former West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar almost certain to win the upcoming vice-presidential election, all eyes are on who will be the occupant of the Raj Bhavan.

Dhankhar had been extremely vocal in his criticism of the Mamata Banerjee government. He had submitted a detailed report on the state’s social, political and security issues to the Union government.

The names of Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Arif Mohammed Khan and Ravi Shankar Prasad are also doing the rounds.

But BJP’s big bet is on Rakesh Asthana, the former Delhi police commissioner.

Rakesh Asthana is a retired Indian Police Service. He is of the 1984 batch of Gujarat cadre who served as the Special Director at the Central Bureau of Investigation. In July 2021, he was appointed as Police Commissioner of Delhi. He retired on 31 July 2022 after an extension of 1 year.

Asthana retired on July 31, 2022, and has not taken up any posts or responsibilities yet. So, currently, he is top on the list of probable names for the post of West Bengal governor.

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