Largely out of the spotlight since that defeat, Mukhi was appointed lieutenant-governor for Anadaman & Nicobar Islands Wednesday.Before that, Mukhi had been Delhi’s finance, planning and higher education minister for several terms — from 1993 under Madan Lal Khurana, from 1996 under Sahib Singh Verma and in 1998 under Sushma Swaraj. After Sushma’s government fell, Mukhi was leader of the opposition until 2008. He lost from the West Delhi Lok Sabha seat in 2009, followed by the assembly poll defeat in 2014.
He called himself a soldier of the party ready to serve wherever required. “I had told the party that I could go on without a post but not without work. All I want is a challenge and some work,” he said.
He welcomed the posting as an opportunity. “Unlike Delhi and other Union territories where the Lt Governor may have to work on the advice of ministers, in Andaman and Nicobar you have no cabinet that could exercise its own powers. The Lt Governor is the only accountable and responsible administrator. This also would mean a high responsibility in policy-making and implementation,” he said.
Mukhi, who had been in charge of Haryana and Jammu & Kashmir during elections, believes it is his administrative qualities that led to the party giving him the new post. He had told the party that he wanted a tough job that would keep him engrossed, the six-time MLA told
On Delhi’s politics and his role, Mukhi said he would always be available in an advisory role whenever required.
Born in Dera Gazi Khan district (now in Pakistan) in undivided Punjab, Mukhi graduated from Sriram College in Delhi, worked briefly in RBI and then taught at KLP College in Haryana.