HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, October 05, 2009

Ahead of finalising a socio-economic-political package that would take  aspirations of the Naga people into account, President Pratibha Devisingh.

Patil on Sunday appointed former Delhi Police Commissioner Nikhil Kumar as Nagaland Governor.

Patil also appointed former Rajasthan deputy chief minister, Dr Kamla, as Tripura Governor. A veteran Congress leader, Dr Kamla headed the Congress’ jumbo election campaign committee for Rajasthan.

A Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué said Dr Kamla would replace Dinesh Nandan Sahaya.

Manipur governor Gurbachan Jagat — also a retired police officer — was holding additional charge for

Nagaland after Kerala politician, K Sankaranarayanan, was moved to Jharkhand a few months back.

Kumar’s appointment comes at a time when the central effort to end the decades-long armed struggle in the state was entering a crucial stage.

It also comes in the backdrop of the home ministry refusing to give former interlocutor K. Padmanabhaiah another extension.

The home ministry has been in talks with both the groups that share bitter relations and contradictory objectives.

Home Minister P Chidambaram, however, is keen that the decade-long dialogue with the NSCN (I-M) be taken to its logical conclusion with a package that would seek to address the demands raised by various fora.

Kumar — who retired after holding important positions in the security establishment including head of the National Security Guard — had moved into active politics and represented Bihar’s Aurangabad constituency in Lok Sabha. He lost the last Lok Sabha elections.

“He will bring with him a unique mix, a politician who is an expert in security matters,” said a home ministry official.