Ban­war­i­lal Puro­hit to be TN’s full-time Guv

Amid po­lit­i­cal tur­bu­lence in the State, Pres­i­dent ap­points the 77-year-old; four other States also get new Gov­er­nors

Sunday Express - - NEWS -

AF­TER a gap of 13 months, Tamil Nadu has got a full-time Gover­nor with the ap­point­ment of Ban­war­i­lal Puro­hit (77), the present Gover­nor of As­sam and act­ing Gover­nor of Megha­laya. Puro­hit is likely to as­sume of­fice within a few days.

Ch Vidyasagar Rao took charge as act­ing Gover­nor of the State on Sept 2 last year af­ter the fiveyear term of the then Gover­nor K Ro­sa­iah came to an end. Just af­ter news about the ap­point­ment of a full-time Gover­nor was out, lead­ers of op­po­si­tion par­ties, in­clud­ing DMK work­ing pres­i­dent M K Stalin, urged Puro­hit to act in an im­par­tial man­ner ac­cord­ing to the Con­sti­tu­tion.

Puro­hit’s ap­point­ment came at a time when the State is fac­ing a dis­turbed po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion. The hear­ing on the case of dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of 18 AIADMK MLAs is sched­uled in the Madras High Court for Oc­to­ber 4 and the hear­ing on the priv­i­lege is­sue con­cern­ing 21 DMK MLAs is set for Oc­to­ber 12. Once the court ver­dict is out, the role of the Gover­nor be­comes im­por­tant as the op­po­si­tion par­ties have been say­ing that the ‘Edap­padi’ K Palaniswami gov­ern­ment has lost its ma­jor­ity in the State As­sem­bly.

Born on April 16, 1940 in Vid­harba re­gion, Puro­hit stud­ied at Bishop Cot­ton School and in Ra­jasthan. He ob­tained a com­merce de­gree from Nag­pur Univer­sity. He was elected from the Nag­pur East As­sem­bly seg­ment in 1978 and from Nag­pur South con­stituency in 1980. In 1982, Puro­hit served as Min­is­ter of State for Ur­ban De­vel­op­ment, Slum Im­prove­ment and Hous­ing.

Puro­hit had rep­re­sented the Nag­pur Lok Sabha con­stituency thrice - 1984, 1989 and 1996. He ac­tively sup­ported Ram­jan­mab­hoomi move­ment de­fy­ing the party line as Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment be­long­ing to Congress in the late 1980s and par­tic­i­pated in kar seva at Ay­o­d­hya in 1992. Puro­hit switched be­tween Congress and BJP and was crit­i­cised for that.

A me­dia baron, Puro­hit bought and re­vived the English daily, The Hi­tavada, founded by Gopal Kr­ishna Gokhale. He has been as­so­ci­ated with many so­cial, char­i­ta­ble, re­li­gious and sports or­gan­i­sa­tions and had served as a mem­ber of the Par­lia­men­tary Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee on Home Af­fairs, a mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on De­fence, and a mem­ber of the Pub­lic Sec­tor Un­der­tak­ing Com­mit­tee.

Puro­hit was ap­pointed as Gover­nor of As­sam on Aug 17, 2016. Later, when then Megha­laya Gover­nor V Shan­mu­ganathan re­signed over al­le­ga­tions against him, Puro­hit was ap­pointed as act­ing Gover­nor of that State as well.

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