New Delhi: Vinai Kumar Saxena is set to take oath as the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi at a ceremony at the Raj Niwas on Thursday. The event is expected to be attended by hundreds of guests, including Union ministers. According to a report by news agency PTI, invitations for the ceremony have been sent to more than 500 dignitaries that includes Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with his cabinet colleagues, high court judges, Union ministers, MPs and MLAs, the official sources said on Wednesday.
Vinai Saxena, 64, will be administered the oath of office by Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Vipin Sanghi at the ceremony that is scheduled to start at 11am.
Ten Union ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah, have been invited to be present at the oath-taking ceremony, the sources said.
Vinai Saxena, who held the post of chairperson of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), was appointed the Lt Governor of Delhi earlier this week, after his predecessor Anil Baijal resigned due to “personal reasons”.
Baijal, who joined the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) in 1969, held several eminent positions in an illustrious long career spanning over 37 years.
He served as Union Home Secretary, Secretary, Urban Development, Government of India, Vice-Chairman of Delhi Development Authority, Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Chairman and MD of Indian Airlines, CEO of Prasar Bharati, Development Commissioner of Goa, Commissioner (Sales Tax and Excise) of Delhi, Counsellor In-charge of the Indian Aid Programme in Nepal, Embassy of India, Kathmandu, among other positions.