Interacting with media persons, Kesri -- a five-team member and three-time speaker of the Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly -- said he would work for the welfare of the state and coordinate with the central government. Asked whether he foresaw any conflict with the state government during his gubernatorial stint, Tripathi, who is also a former president of BJP's Uttar Pradesh unit, said: "We will solve matters mutually through discussions. The chief minister is competent enough to deal with state matters."
Bihar Governor D.Y. Patil had been holding additional charge of West Bengal after previous incumbent M.K. Narayanan resigned earlier this month. Born Nov 10, 1934 in Allahabad, of Uttar Pradesh, Tripathi served as Uttar Pradesh assembly speaker during 1991-1993, 1997-2002 and from May 2002 to March 2004. He held the portfolio of institutional finance and sales tax during the Janata Party regime in Uttar Pradesh from 1977 to 1979. A lawyer by profession, Tripathi is also an author and a poet. His chief literary works are two anthologies "Manonukriti" and "Aayu Pankh". (IANS)