A lawyer by profession, Kovind had also been BJP Scheduled Caste Morcha chief.
"The President has been pleased to appoint Ram Nath Kovind as the Governor of Bihar and Acharya Dev Vrat as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh," a press release issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan said.
The appointments will take effect from the dates the incumbents assume charge of their respective offices, it said. Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh was holding the additional charge of Himachal Pradesh.

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