Shanmuganthan was appointed as the new Governor on May 12. Meghalaya was without a permanent governor for over four months. Keshari Nath Tripathi, the West Bengal governor, had been taking the charge since K K Paul was removed from the post in January this year.

Shanmuganathan is a post-graduate and an M Phil in political Science. He joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1962 and later joined Bharatiya Janata Party and served in many party positions.

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