Banwarilal Purohit

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Banwarilal Purohit
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Banwarilal Purohit Governor of Tamil Nadu
21st Governor of Tamil Nadu
Assumed office
6 October 2017[1]
Chief MinisterEdappadi K. Palaniswami
Preceded byC. Vidyasagar Rao
25th Governor of Assam
In office
22 August 2016 – 29 September 2017
Chief MinisterSarbananda Sonowal
Preceded byPadmanabha Acharya
Succeeded byJagdish Mukhi
16th Governor of Meghalaya[2]
In office
27 January 2017 – 5 October 2017
Chief MinisterMukul Sangma
Preceded byV. Shanmuganathan
Succeeded byGanga Prasad
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
for Nagpur[3]
In office
Preceded byJambuwantrao Dhote
Succeeded byDatta Meghe
In office
Preceded byDatta Meghe
Succeeded byVilas Muttemwar
Chancellor of the University of Madras
Assumed office
6 October 2017
Vice-ChancellorP. Duraisamy
Preceded byC. Vidyasagar Rao
Personal details
Born (1939-04-16) 16 April 1939 (age 80)[4]
Nawalgarh, Rajputana Agency, British India[4]
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
ResidenceRaj Bhavan (Chennai)

Banwarilal Purohit (born 16 April 1939) is an Indian politician who is the current and 21st 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.

Early life

His Fathers name is Bhagwan das Purohit and he has two sons Rajesh Purohit and Rakesh Purohit . He is also the chairman of Bhavans Bhagwan das Purohit Vidya Mandir Nagpur . One of the most respected person in the country without any bad records . He is also the vice-chairman of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan schools founded by late Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi in 1938.


  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.
  8. ^
  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 14 January 2010.
  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