Hasmukh Adhia
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New Delhi: Shortly before the model code of conduct is expected to kick in, the Narendra Modi government is busy making last-minute appointments.

The President Friday appointed Hasmukh Adhia, PM Modi’s yoga mentor and former finance secretary, the chancellor of the Central University of Gujarat.

The appointment order for a tenure of five years was issued by the President in his capacity as visitor of the central university.

Adhia’s name was proposed by the human resource development ministry, headed by Prakash Javadekar on 6 March. According to a source, more appointments are likely to take place in the ministry Saturday.

Also read: Hasmukh Adhia a no-nonsense officer with impeccable integrity: Arun Jaitley

The government cannot make any fresh appointments once the model code of conduct is imposed for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Only last Friday, the government appointed Adhia as chairman of the state-owned Bank of Baroda (BoB).

In a Twitter post, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar announced the appointment. “Bank poised to leverage benefits of synergy and scale with stronger pan-India presence,” he added.

Also read: How Narendra Modi’s BJP found a clever way to buck the model code of conduct


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  1. Indirectly, this paints a cynical picture! The same few people keep winning Mr Modi’s favour because his expectations from people are so unreasonable that very few can give a complete go-by to their conscience and offer blind loyalty!


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