P. Shiv Shankar

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Punjala Shiv Shankar
12th Governor of Kerala
In office
12 November 1995 – 1 May 1996
Preceded by B. Rachaiah
Succeeded by Khurshid Alam Khan
8th Governor of Sikkim
In office
21 September 1994 – 11 November 1995
Preceded by Radhakrishna Hariram Tahiliani
Succeeded by K. V. Raghunatha Reddy(Additional charge)
Personal details
Born (1929-08-10) August 10, 1929 (age 85)
Mamidipalli, Distt. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
Political party Indian National Congress (Till 2008, 2011-)
Praja Rajyam Party (2008-2011)
Spouse(s) Dr. P. Lakshmibai
Children 2 sons and 1 daughter

Punjala Shiv Shankar (Born 10 August 1929) is an Indian politician. He served as the Minister of External Affairs, Law, and Petroleum. He was a very influential minister in Indira Gandhi's and Rajiv Gandhi's cabinets and is one of the most senior politicians in India. He has also served as the governor of Sikkim and Kerala.[1]

Personal life[edit]

P. Shiv Shankar was born on 10 August 1929 in Mamidipalli, Distt. Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh to Late Shri P. Bashiah. He studied B.A. at Hindu College, Amritsar and LL.B. at Law College, Osmania University, Hyderabad. He is married to Dr. (Smt.) P. Lakshmibai on 2 June 1955. He has two sons and one daughter.[1]


P. Shiv Shankar was judge in Andhra Pradesh High Court during 1974 and 1975. He was elected to 6th Lok Sabha from Secunderabad in 1979. He was in Indian National Congress political party.[2] He was re-elected from same constituency in 1980.[3] He was made Ministry of Law and Justice in Third Indira Gandhi Ministry in 1980.[1]

In 1985, P. Shiv Shankar was elected to Rajya Sabha. He remained in Rajya Sabha till 1993. He was Minister of External Affairs and Minister of Human Resource Development during these terms. He was deputy chairman of Planning Commission from 1987 to 1988. Then, P. Shiv Shankar became Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha from 1988 to 1989. After that, he served as Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha during 1989 and 1991.[1]

P. Shiv Shankar sworn in as Governor of Sikkim on 21 September 1994. He remained on the post till 11 November 1995.[4] He also was Governor of Kerala from 1995 to 1996.[1]

In 1998 General elections, P. Shiv Shankar contested election from Tenali constituency, he defeated incumbent M.P. Sarada Tadiparthi of Telugu Desam Party and was elected to Lok Sabha.[1]

In 2004, P. Shiv Shankar quitted Congress party because he had alleged that party tickets in Andhra Pradesh were being sold. There was no response to either his resignation or the allegations made by him. In 2008, He joined Praja Rajyam Party formed by Telugu film actor Chiranjeevi. In August 2011, Praja Rajyam Party merged with Congress.[5]


Preceded by
Bali Ram Bhagat
Minister for External Affairs of India
Succeeded by
Narayan Dutt Tiwari