Banwarilal Purohit

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Banwarilal Purohit
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Banwarilal Purohit Governor of Tamil Nadu
20th Governor of Tamil Nadu
Assumed office
6 October 2017[1]
Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Preceded by C. Vidyasagar Rao
Governor of Assam
In office
22 August 2016 – 29 September 2017
Preceded by Padmanabha Acharya
Succeeded by Jagdish Mukhi
Governor of Meghalaya
Additional Charge[2]
In office
27 January 2017 – 5 October 2017
Preceded by V. Shanmuganathan
Succeeded by Ganga Prasad
Member of Parliament
for Nagpur[3]
In office
Preceded by Jambuwantrao Dhote
Succeeded by Datta Meghe
In office
Preceded by Datta Meghe
Succeeded by Vilas Muttemwar
Chancellor of the University of Madras
Assumed office
6 October 2017
Vice-Chancellor P. Duraisamy
Preceded by C. Vidyasagar Rao
Personal details
Born (1940-04-16) 16 April 1940 (age 78)[4]
Nawalgarh, Rajasthan, India[4]
Political party Bharatiya Janata Party
Residence Raj Bhavan (Chennai)

Banwarilal Purohit (born 16 April 1940) is an Indian politician. He is the incumbent 20th Governor of Tamil Nadu. Having been appointed as the Governor of Tamil Nadu on 30 September 2017, he assumed office on October 6, 2017.[5][6][7] He was appointed as Governor of Assam State by President of India on 17 August 2016.[8] He was a Member of Parliament from the Nagpur (Lok Sabha constituency) three times, twice as an Indian National Congress member, once as a BJP member.[9][10]

Political career[edit]

Later he joined Congress. After Indira Gandhi split Congress Party and formed Congress (Indira), Purohit was elected as MLA from Nagpur East constituency in 1978, contesting as member of Congress(I), and he was re-elected in 1980 from Nagpur South and became a Minister of State for Urban Development, Slum Improvement and Housing in 1982.

In 1984, he was elected to the 8th Lok Sabha as member of Congress Party.[11] He was re-elected in 1989 on Congress ticket.

Later he joined Bharatiya Janata Party when it launched a movement to build Ram Temple in Ayodhya and contested Lok Sabha elections in 1991 as the party's candidate. But he lost to Datta Meghe of Indian National Congress. In 1996, he was elected to 11th Lok Sabha as BJP's candidate.

In 1999, he quit the Bharatiya Janata Party to join the Indian National Congress after he developed serious differences with Pramod Mahajan. He contested the Lok Sabha elections from Ramtek in 1999 but lost.

In 2003, he launched his own party called Vidarbha Rajya Party and contested the Lok Sabha elections from Nagpur in 2004.

In 2009 he again contested on BJP's ticket but lost the election to Vilas Muttemwar of Indian National Congress.


In August 2016, Purohit was appointed as Governor of Assam by replacing Padmanabha Acharya who had additional in-charge of Assam.[12][13][14]

On 30 September 2017 he was appointed as Governor of Tamil Nadu by President Ram Nath Kovind. It was the first time that the state has got a full time governor after K Rosaiah retired in August 2016.

Other career[edit]

Purohit gained ownership of the Nagpur daily newspaper The Hitavada from Servants of India Society in 1979. The newspaper was launched by Gopal Krishna Gokhale in 1911 and Purohit is its current managing editor. He is also the chairman of Shri Ramdeobaba College of Engineering and Management in Nagpur.


  1. ^ Tamil Nadu gets full-time Governor, at last
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Banwarilal Purohit Lok Sabha Profiel". Lok Sabha. Retrieved 1 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Biographical Sketch, Member of Parliament, XI Lok Sabha". Retrieved 3 October 2017.
  5. ^ "New governors appointed: All you need to know". The Times of India. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Banwarilal Purohit appointed Tamil Nadu Governor". The Economic Times. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  7. ^ S. Jesudasan, Dennis (6 October 2017). "Banwarilal Purohit sworn in as Governor of Tamil Nadu". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 7 October 2017. Retrieved 7 October 2017.
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  9. ^ Former Cong leader who claimed he arranged meeting between Rajiv & RSS
  10. ^ BJP leader Purohit is new governor of Assam
  11. ^ "Election Analysis 1977-1984, Partywise Comparison". Election Commission of India. Retrieved 2010-01-14.
  12. ^ Banwarilal Purohit sworn in as Assam governor
  13. ^ Purohit sworn in as Assam governor
  14. ^ Banwarilal Purohit takes oath as Governor of Assam
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Jambuwantrao Dhote
Member of Parliament
for Nagpur

1984 – 1991
Succeeded by
Datta Meghe
Preceded by
Datta Meghe
Member of Parliament
for Nagpur

1996 – 1998
Succeeded by
Vilas Muttemwar
Political offices
Preceded by
Padmanabha Acharya
Governor of Assam
22 August 2016 – 10 October 2017
Succeeded by
Jagdish Mukhi
Preceded by
V. Shanmuganathan
Governor of Meghalaya
27 January 2017 – 5 October 2017
Succeeded by
Ganga Prasad
Preceded by
C. Vidyasagar Rao
Governor of Tamil Nadu
6 October 2017 – Present
Succeeded by