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Gujarat speaker is new Karnataka governor

Posted on Aug 26 2014 | IANS

Gandhinagar, Aug 26 : Gujarat assembly Speaker Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala, named the new governor of Karnataka, is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The 76-year-old is a veteran Bharatiya Janata Party activist who started his political career with the erstwhile Jana Sangh.

A senior leader of the Patel community, Vala has held several ministerial portfolios in successive governments and at one time was a contender for the post of Gujarat chief minister.

Vala is also a former mayor of Rajkot.

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