Lalji Tandon

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Lalji Tandon
Lalji Tandon at the release event of his book, 'Ankaha Lucknow'.jpg
22nd Governor of Madhya Pradesh
Assumed office
29 July 2019
Chief MinisterKamal Nath
Preceded byAnandiben Patel
28th Governor of Bihar
In office
23 August 2018 – 28 July 2019
Chief MinisterNitish Kumar
Preceded bySatya Pal Malik
Succeeded byPhagu Chauhan
Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
In office
16 May 2009 – 16 May 2014
Preceded byAtal Bihari Vajpayee
Succeeded byRajnath Singh
Leader of the Opposition, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly
In office
7 September 2003 – 13 May 2007
Preceded bySwami Prasad Maurya
Succeeded byMulayam Singh Yadav
Personal details
Born (1935-04-12) 12 April 1935 (age 84)[1]
Chowk, Lucknow, United Provinces, British India[2]
Political partyBharatiya Janata Party
Krishna Tandon (m. 1958)
Children3 (including Ashutosh Tandon)
ResidenceRaj Bhavan, Bhopal
WebsiteLok Sabha webpage

Lalji Tandon (born 12 April 1935) is an Indian politician serving as the 22nd and current Governor of Madhya Pradesh. He is a member of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a protégé of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Tandon was born in Chowk village in Lucknow, United Provinces, British India to Shivnarayan Tandon and Annpurna Devi. He is a graduate. Tandon married Krishna Tandon on 26 February 1958, with whom he has three sons.[2]


He has been a member of Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Parishad (Legislative Council) for two terms, 1978–84 and remained the Leader of House, of the Council, 1990–96. Subsequently he remained a member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for three terms, 1996–2009, and remained the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, 2003-07.[citation needed] He had also served as Urban Development minister in the Uttar Pradesh cabinet under Mayawati (in the BSP-BJP combine), and also in the Kalyan Singh ministry earlier.

On his birthday in April 2004, he was distributing free saris to poor women when a stampede broke out, killing 21 people.[4] He was later given a clean chit in this matter.[citation needed]

In May 2009, he was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha from Lucknow by a margin over 40,000 votes over Rita Bahuguna Joshi of Indian National Congress. The seat was earlier held by former BJP President Atal Bihari Vajpayee since 1991 for four consecutive terms. Despite an enormous electoral spending, Akhilesh Das of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) polled third, trailing by 70 thousand votes.[5]

As a Governor of Bihar, Tandon was praised for streamlining academic activities of the state universities.[6]

On 20 July 2019, Tandon was appointed as the 22nd Governor of Madhya Pradesh, replacing Anandiben Patel.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b "लालजी टंडन मध्य प्रदेश के गवर्नर होंगे, आनंदीबेन उत्तर प्रदेश की राज्यपाल बनाई गईं". Dainik Bhaskar (in Hindi). 20 July 2019. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Detailed Profile: Shri Lal Ji Tandon". Govt of India. Retrieved 21 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Lalji Tandon is BJP's LS candidate from Lucknow". 27 February 2009. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  4. ^ "UP stampede toll 21, PM rushing to Lucknow". 12 April 2004. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Lalji Tandon defeats Rita Bahuguna Joshi in Lucknow". Business Standard. 16 May 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  6. ^ Verma, Kumod (22 July 2019). "Lalji Tandon praised for role in streamlining universities | Patna News - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  7. ^ PTI (20 July 2019). "Anandiben Patel made UP governor, Lal ji Tandon to replace her in Madhya Pradesh". India Today. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
Lok Sabha
Preceded by
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Member of Parliament
for Lucknow

2009 – 2014
Succeeded by
Rajnath Singh
Political offices
Preceded by
Satya Pal Malik
Governor of Bihar
23 August 2018 - 28 July 2019
Succeeded by
Phagu Chauhan
Preceded by
Anandiben Patel
Governor of Madhya Pradesh
29 July 2019 - Present

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