|18th Governor of Karnataka|
|Assumed office |
1 September 2014
H. D. Kumaraswamy
B. S. Yeddyurappa
|Preceded by||Konijeti Rosaiah|
|Speaker of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly|
23 January 2012 – 31 August 2014
|Preceded by||Ganpat Vasava|
|Succeeded by||Mangubhai C. Patel (acting)|
|Member of Gujarat Legislative Assembly|
26 December 2012 – 31 August 2014
|Born||13 January 1939|
Rajkot, Rajkot State, British India
|Children||2 daughters, 2 sons|
|Residence||Raj Bhavan, Bangalore|
|As of 31 August, 2014|
Vajubhai served as the Speaker of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly from 2012 to 2014. He is still a member of Bharatiya Janata Party. He served as a Cabinet Minister in the Government of Gujarat, holding various portfolios, such as finance, labour and employment, from 1997 to 2012. He was elected to Gujarat Legislative Assembly from Rajkot West constituency multiple times. He has 2 daughters, 2 sons, and 5 grandchildren.
Vala started his political career at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and subsequently joined Jan Sangh in 1971. He was jailed for eleven months during the emergency in 1975. He was the Mayor of Rajkot in the 1980s. Later he contested state assembly elections from Rajkot and served as the Cabinet Minister holding finance, revenue portfolios from 1998 to 2012. He was the finance minister for two terms. He holds the record of presenting budget in Gujarat Legislative Assembly; 18 times as the finance minister. He was elected as the Speaker of assembly in December 2012 and served till August 2014. He was appointed as the Governor of Karnataka in September 2014.
Vala has also been closely associated with Rajkot Nagarik Sahakari Bank, where he planned, organised and developed the banking service. He was also the Chairman of the bank for five years on-and-off during 1975-90 period.
Vala was involved in a controversy during the 2018 Karnataka Legislative Assembly elections. He invited the largest party, Bharatiya Janata Party to form the government and not the largest post poll alliance consisting of the Indian National Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular). His decision was opposed by the INC who approached the Supreme Court in this matter. However, the governor of the state has the legal power to decide who forms the government in that state.
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