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Keshari Nath Tripathi

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Keshari Nath Tripathi
Tripathi in 2016
20th Governor of West Bengal
In office
24 July 2014 – 29 July 2019
Chief MinisterMamata Banerjee
Preceded byD. Y. Patil (additional charge)
Succeeded byJagdeep Dhankhar
Governor of Bihar
(Additional Charge)
In office
20 June 2017 – 29 September 2017
Chief MinisterNitish Kumar
Preceded byRam Nath Kovind
Succeeded bySatya Pal Malik
In office
27 November 2014 – 15 August 2015
Chief MinisterJitan Ram Manjhi
Nitish Kumar
Preceded byD. Y. Patil
Succeeded byRam Nath Kovind
Governor of Mizoram
(Additional Charge)
In office
4 April 2015 – 25 May 2015
Chief MinisterLal Thanhawla
Preceded byAziz Qureshi
Succeeded byNirbhay Sharma
14th Governor of Meghalaya
In office
6 January 2015 – 19 May 2015
Chief MinisterMukul Sangma
Preceded byKrishan Kant Paul
Succeeded byV. Shanmuganathan
Speaker of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
Preceded byHari Krishna Srivastava
Succeeded byDhaniram Verma
In office
Preceded byBarkhu Ram Verma
Succeeded byMata Prasad Pandey
Member of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
ConstituencyAllahabad South
Personal details
Born(1934-11-10)10 November 1934
Allahabad, United Provinces, British India
(now Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India)
Died8 January 2023(2023-01-08) (aged 88)
Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Keshari Nath Tripathi and Narendra Modi

Keshari Nath Tripathi (10 November 1934 – 8 January 2023) was an Indian politician, who served as Governor of West Bengal from July 2014 to July 2019 and also as Governor of Bihar, Meghalaya, and Mizoram at various times.[1] He was a member of Bharatiya Janata Party. He was the Speaker of Uttar Pradesh legislative assembly three times, and the president of Bharatiya Janata Party, Uttar Pradesh.

Keshari Nath Tripathi, was a multifaceted personality who excelled in the fields of law, politics and literature. His legal and political career spanned more than five decades during which he contributed richly in the fields of law, administration, literature and public good.

Personal life[edit]

Tripathi was born on 10 November 1934 to Harish Chandra Tripathi and Shiva Devi at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. He was youngest of three brothers and four sisters. His eldest brother Kashi Nath Tripathi was also a member of Jansangh and was a advocate of the District Court. He guided and mentored Tripathi in his legal and political journey. Tripathi also received a lot of encouragement and support from his elder brother Kailash Nath Tripathi who always stood by his side in all his political endeavours.

He married Sudha Tripathi in 1958. She was the daughter of Pt Satya Narain Mishra of Varanasi who was a Freedom Fighter. He has one son and two daughters: Neeraj Tripathi, Ms. Namita Tripathi and Nidhi Ojha.

His son Neeraj Tripathi has been nominated as the BJP candidate from Prayagraj for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. His daughter-in law, Kavita Yadav Tripathi is also a member of BJP and is pradesh mantri in BJP Mahila Morcha in UP.

His daughter, Nidhi Ojha is a civil servant presently posted in a central ministry. His Son-in-law Col Manish Ojha (retd) served in the Indian Army for thirty plus years.

His grand daughter Ms Shivangi Tripathi is a practicing lawyer at the High Court of Allahabad.


Tripathi had a modest schooling in his initial years at the Central Hindu School and the Saryupareen School till Class 8 after which he joined the Agarwal Inter College and completed his High School (1949) and Intermediate (1951) from there. He did his graduation (1953) and Bachelors in Law from the University of Allahabad in the year 1955.

Legal career[edit]

Tripathi joined the Bar at Allahabad High Court in 1956 at the age of 22 and had a career spanning more than five decades. He began his practice in the chamber of Babu Jagdish Swarup, a renowned lawyer and former Solicitor General of India. Under the guidance of his esteemed senior, Tripathi gradually shaped his career by sheer hard work, diligence and dedication. He went on to become the President of the Allahabad High Court Bar Association in 1987-89 and was declared senior advocate by a full court reference in 1989. As a lawyer, he was an expert in constitutional and electoral law apart from civil matters and represented both common citizens as well as renowned leaders before the courts of law.

Being an expert on Election Law, Tripathi wrote a commentary on the Representation of People’s Act, 1951 that was used as a reference material by lawyers for a long time. His clients consisted of both common citizens and leaders alike. Tripathi had the distinction of appearing for Prime Ministers like Chaudhary Charan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee and also for leaders like Raj Narain, Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna, Mahabir Prasad, Kalyan Singh, Laxmikant Bajpai, Nityanand Swami etc.

Political career[edit]

Drawn towards public service and social causes from a young age, Keshari Nath Tripathi joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh as a Swayamsevak at the age of 12 in 1946. He joined the Bharatiya Janasangh in 1952 soon after its inception and courted arrest in the year 1953 while participating in the Kashmir Andolan led by Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee and was jailed.

Keshari Nath Tripathi started his political career as a booth level worker of the Bharatiya Janasangh and worked assiduously for establishing the organizational structure of the party at grassroots level by conducting door to door campaigns. He won his first assembly election from Jhunsi, Allahabad in 1977 and served as a Cabinet Minister for Sales Tax and Institutional Finance during the Janata Party Government in UP.

Tripathi joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on its formation in 1980. He was the BJP Mahanagar Adhyaksh from 1980 to 1986 and worked diligently towards building the party and consolidating its base. Later, Tripathi was elected to the state assembly five times in 1989, 1991, 1993, 1996 and 2002.

He was also elected unanimously as Speaker of the UP Vidha Sabha three times, first in 1999, then in 1997 and later in 2002. He possessed deep knowledge about parliamentary rules, procedures and law and was appointed by Speaker Lok Sabha as Member of the Committee for maintaining cordial relations between the Legislature and Judiciary. Keshari Nath Tripathi was the President of the UP Branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Union for about nine years. During his stints as MLA and Speaker of the UP assembly, Tripathi continuously strove towards the welfare of people.

Triveni Pushp, built on the banks of river Yamuna in 2003 at Prayagraj was his dream project and is a tourist attraction in Prayagraj.

Keshari Nath Tripathi was also the Pradesh Adhyaksh of BJP State Unit in Uttar Pradesh from 2004 till 2007. He was an active leader who was admired across the rank and file of the party and gave importance to every party worker during his stint as state president.

Tripathi took oath as the Governor of West Bengal on 24 July, 2014. He was given additional charge of the Governor of Bihar on 27 Nov 2014, Governor of Meghalaya on January 6, 2015 and Governor of Mizoram on 04 April 2015.

Other works[edit]

Keshari Nath Tripathi was also a poet and worked towards promotion of Hindi Language and literature both within the country and abroad. His poetry was widely acclaimed and he participated in various poetry symposiums both in India and abroad. Seven compendiums of his hindi poems have been published under the titles Manonukriti, Aayu Pamkh, Chirantan, Unmukta, Maun aur Shunya, Nirmal Dohe and Shabd Bhramar. Manunukriti has also been translated into English as The Images. A translation of his Hindi poems into Bengali has been published as Kavyabithika and a comprehensive collection has been published as Sanchayita. Tripathi participated in various poetry symposiums in the UK, USA and the Netherlands besides India with the objective of promoting hindi language. He was honoured with a number of awards for his contribution to public affairs and literature. Chief among the honours received are the Bharat Gaourav Samman, Vishwa Bharati Samman, Sahitya Vachaspati Samman, Acharya Mahavir Prasad Dwivedi Samman etc.


  1. ^ "Keshari Nath Tripathi sworn in as new Bihar Governor".

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Political offices
Preceded by
D. Y. Patil
Additional Charge
Governor of West Bengal
July 2014 – 29 July 2019
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Meghalaya
January 2015 – May 2015
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Bihar
November 2014 – August 2015
Succeeded by
Preceded by Governor of Bihar
June 2017 – October 2017
Succeeded by