E. S. L. Narasimhan

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Ekkadu Srinivasan Lakshmi Narasimhan
E. S. L. Narasimhan and Narendra Modi.jpg
E S L Narasimhan (left) with Narendra Modi
Governor of Telangana
Assumed office
2 June 2014
Preceded by Office Created
Governor of Andhra Pradesh
Assumed office
27 December 2009
Preceded by Narayan Dutt Tiwari
Governor of Chhattisgarh
In office
25 January 2007 – 23 January 2010
Preceded by Krishna Mohan Seth
Succeeded by Shekhar Dutt
Personal details
Born 1945 (age 70–71)[1]
Madras Presidency, British India
(now Tamil Nadu, India)
Spouse(s) Vimala Narasimhan
Religion Hinduism

Ekkadu Srinivasan Lakshmi Narasimhan (born 1945)[1] is an Indian political figure who has been the Governor of Andhra Pradesh since December 2009.[2] He assumed office as the Governor of Telangana on 2 June 2014.[3] Previously he was Director of the Intelligence Bureau until 2006 and then Governor of Chhattisgarh from 2007 to 2010.[4]

Early life[edit]

Narasimhan hails from Tamil Nadu and is a graduate in physics from the University of Madras. He continued his post-graduate studies at Madras in political science and law. After completing his studies at the National Defence College in New Delhi, he joined the Indian Police Service.[5]


Narasimhan belongs to the 1968 batch of IPS from Andhra Pradesh cadre. He served as the First Secretary in the Embassy of India in Moscow from 1981 to 1984. He is highly respected police official.

He worked in the Intelligence Bureau for many years until retiring as the director of the bureau on 31 December 2006.[6]

Political career[edit]

On January 19, 2007, Narasimhan was appointed Governor of Chhattisgarh and took office on 25 January.[7] On 27 December 2009, he took additional charge as acting Governor of Andhra Pradesh from Narayan Dutt Tiwari, who resigned after a sex scandal.[2] On 23 January 2010, he was formally appointed to the governorship of Andhra Pradesh upon leaving office in Chhattisgarh.[4]

With the process for formation of a separate Telangana state entering a crucial phase, Andhra Pradesh Governor E S L Narasimhan held a series of meeting with central leaders in the national capital on 23rd Oct 2013. Summoned by the Centre for consultations before the efforts to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh are intensified, Narasimhan held separate meetings with United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram. Narasimhan first met Chidambaram who is a member of the Group of Ministers (GoM) constituted to work out modalities for formation of the Telangana state. During the meeting, which lasted for 30 minutes, the governor is believed to have discussed various issues that may arise post-bifurcation.The governor later called on the UPA chairperson and briefed her on the latest situation in the state in the wake of the decision to carve Telangana state. He is learnt to have presented a report on the bifurcation issue.[8]

The Telugu Desam Party has taken strong exception to Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan's meetings with Congress top leaders in New Delhi and questioned if it was part of his official duties. Leader of Opposition in AP Legislative Council and TDP politburo member Yanamala Ramakrishnudu criticised the governor for meeting AICC general secretary Digvijay Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday. "Why should the governor go to Digvijay's residence and brief him? Is it part of governor's official duties?", Yanamala questioned. He alleged the governor was "doing the rounds of Congress leaders' houses" carrying official files. "Is the governor going to decide the fate of 8.47 crore Telugu people?", Yanamala said.[9][10]

During the unconstitutional president rule from 1 May 2014 to 1 June 2014, he, as Governor of undivided AP, issued many extra constitutional government orders without having taken approval from the Parliament under article 356(1) or sanction of parliament under article 357(1) of the constitution.[11] He took oath of office as state governor to preserve, protect and defend the constitution and the law.


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Government offices
Preceded by
Krishna Mohan Seth
Governor of Chhattisgarh
25 January 2007 – 23 January 2010
Succeeded by
Shekhar Dutt
Preceded by
Narayan Dutt Tiwari
Governor of Andhra Pradesh
2009 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Office Created
Governor of Telangana
2 June 2014 – present
Succeeded by