List of current Indian governors

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Several governors, lieutenant governors and administrators pose with the President, Vice President and Prime Minister of India during the 49th Governors’ Conference, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi, in June 2018.

In the Republic of India, a governor is the constitutional head of each of the twenty-nine states. The governor is appointed by the President of India for a term of five years, and holds office at the President's pleasure. The governor is de jure head of the state government; all its executive actions are taken in the governor's name. However, the governor must act on the advice of the popularly elected council of ministers, headed by the chief minister, which thus holds de facto executive authority at the state-level. The Constitution of India also empowers the governor to act upon his or her own discretion, such as the ability to appoint or dismiss a ministry, recommend President's rule, or reserve bills for the President's assent. Over the years, the exercise of these discretionary powers have given rise to conflict between the elected chief minister and the central government–appointed governor.[1]

The union territories of Andaman and Nicobar, Delhi and Puducherry are headed by lieutenant-governors. Since Delhi and Puducherry have a measure of self-government with an elected legislature and council of ministers, the role of the lieutenant-governor there is a mostly ceremonial one, akin to that of a state's governor. The other four union territories—Chandigarh; Dadra and Nagar Haveli; Daman and Diu; and Lakshadweep—are governed by an administrator. Unlike the administrators of other territories, who are drawn from the Indian Administrative Service, since 1985 the Governor of Punjab has also been the ex-officio Administrator of Chandigarh.

Current governors of states

(past governors)
Name[2] Portrait Took office
(tenure length)
Andhra Pradesh
E. S. L. Narasimhan Governor of Andhra Pradesh E.S.L. Narasimhan.jpg 28 December 2009
(8 years, 205 days)
Arunachal Pradesh
B. D. Mishra
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh B.D. Mishra.jpg 3 October 2017
(291 days)
Jagdish Mukhi Lt. Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands Prof. Jagdish Mukhi.jpg 10 October 2017
(284 days)
Satya Pal Malik
Governor of Bihar Satya Pal Malik.jpg 4 October 2017
(290 days)
Balram Das Tandon Governor of Chhattisgarh Balram Das Tandon.jpg 25 July 2014
(3 years, 361 days)
Mridula Sinha Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha.jpg 31 August 2014
(3 years, 324 days)
Om Prakash Kohli Governor of Gujarat Om Prakash Kohli.jpg 16 July 2014
(4 years, 5 days)
Kaptan Singh Solanki Governor of Punjab and Haryana and Administrator of Chandigarh, Prof. Kaptan Singh Solanki.jpg 27 July 2014
(3 years, 359 days)
Himachal Pradesh
Acharya Dev Vrat Governor of Himachal Pradesh Acharya Dev Vrat.jpg 12 August 2015
(2 years, 343 days)
Jammu and Kashmir
Narinder Nath Vohra J&K Governor N.N. Vohra.JPG 25 June 2008
(10 years, 26 days)
Draupadi Murmu Governor of Jharkhand Draupadi Murmu.jpg 18 May 2015
(3 years, 64 days)
Vajubhai Vala Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.jpg 1 September 2014
(3 years, 323 days)
P. Sathasivam Governor of Kerala P. Sathasivam.jpg 5 September 2014
(3 years, 319 days)
Madhya Pradesh
Anandiben Patel Chief Minister of Gujarat Anandiben Patel.jpg 23 January 2018
(179 days)
C. Vidyasagar Rao Governor of Maharashtra C. Vidyasagar Rao.jpg 30 August 2014
(3 years, 325 days)
Najma Heptulla Governor of Manipur Najma Heptulla.jpg 21 August 2016
(1 year, 334 days)
Ganga Prasad
Governor of Meghalaya Ganga Prasad.jpg 5 October 2017
(289 days)
Kummanam Rajasekharan Kummanam Rajasekharan (cropped).jpg 29 May 2018
(53 days)
Padmanabha Acharya Governor of Tripura Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya.jpg 19 July 2014
(4 years, 2 days)
Ganeshi Lal
Governor of Odisha Professor Ganeshi Lal.jpg 29 May 2018
(53 days)
V. P. Singh Badnore Governor of Punjab and Administrator of U.T. Chandigarh V. P. Singh Badnore.jpg 22 August 2016
(1 year, 333 days)
Kalyan Singh Kalyan Singh 2.jpg 4 September 2014
(3 years, 320 days)
Shriniwas Patil Governor of Sikkim Shriniwas Dadasaheb Patil1.jpg 20 July 2013
(5 years, 1 day)
Tamil Nadu
Banwarilal Purohit
Governor of Assam Banwarilal Purohit.jpg 6 October 2017
(288 days)
E. S. L. Narasimhan
(Additional Charge)
Governor of Andhra Pradesh E.S.L. Narasimhan.jpg 2 June 2014
(4 years, 49 days)
Tathagata Roy Governor of Tripura Tathagata Roy.jpg 20 May 2015
(3 years, 62 days)
Uttar Pradesh
Ram Naik Governor of Uttar Pradesh Ram Naik.jpg 22 July 2014
(3 years, 364 days)
Krishan Kant Paul Governor of Uttarakhand Krishan Kant Paul.jpg 8 January 2015
(3 years, 194 days)
West Bengal
Keshari Nath Tripathi Governor of West Bengal Keshari Nath Tripathi.jpg 24 July 2014
(3 years, 362 days)

Current lieutenant governors and administrators of union territories

Office and union territory
(past officeholders)
Name[32] Portrait Took office
(tenure length)
Lieutenant Governor of
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Devendra Kumar Joshi Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Devendra Kumar Joshi.jpg 8 October 2017
(286 days)
Administrator of
V. P. Singh Badnore Governor of Punjab and Administrator of U.T. Chandigarh V. P. Singh Badnore.jpg 22 August 2016
(1 year, 333 days)
Administrator of
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
Praful Khoda Patel
(Additional charge)
Administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Praful Khoda Patel.jpg 30 December 2016
(1 year, 203 days)
Administrator of
Daman and Diu
Praful Khoda Patel Administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu Praful Khoda Patel.jpg 29 August 2016
(1 year, 326 days)
Lieutenant Governor of
Anil Baijal Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal.jpg 31 December 2016
(1 year, 202 days)
Administrator of
Farooq Khan 6 September 2016
(1 year, 318 days)
Lieutenant Governor of
Kiran Bedi Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi.jpg 29 May 2016
(2 years, 53 days)

See also


  1. ^ Durga Das Basu. Introduction to the Constitution of India. 1960. 20th edition, 2011 reprint. LexisNexis Butterworths Wadhwa Nagpur. ISBN 978-81-8038-559-9. p. 237, 241–44.
  2. ^ Governors. Retrieved on 3 September 2015.
  3. ^ J. Balaji. "Narasimhan to look after Andhra Pradesh". The Hindu. 28 December 2009.
  4. ^ "Brigadier BD Mishra sworn-in as Arunachal Pradesh governor". The Indian Express. 3 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Jagdish Mukhi sworn in as governor of Assam". Hindustan Times. 10 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Satya Pal Malik takes oath as Governor of Bihar". The Indian Express. 4 October 2017.
  7. ^ Pavan Dahat. "Tandon sworn in as Chhattisgarh Governor". The Hindu. 26 July 2014.
  8. ^ Prakash Kamat. "Mridula Sinha sworn-in as Goa Governor". The Hindu. 31 August 2014.
  9. ^ "Kohli sworn in as Gujarat Governor". The Hindu. 17 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Solanki sworn in as Haryana governor". The Hindu. 27 July 2014.
  11. ^ "Dev Vrat sworn in as H.P. Governor". The Hindu. 13 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Vohra sworn in as new Jammu and Kashmir Governor". The Hindu. 26 June 2008.
  13. ^ "Draupadi Murmu sworn in as first woman Governor of Jharkhand". The Hindu. 18 May 2015.
  14. ^ Nagesh Prabhu. "Vala sworn in as Karnataka Governor". The Hindu. 1 September 2014.
  15. ^ Gireesh Menon. "Sathasivam sworn in as Kerala Governor". The Hindu. 5 September 2014.
  16. ^ "Anandiben Patel sworn in as Madhya Pradesh Governor". The Hindu. 23 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Rao sworn in as Maharashtra Governor". The Hindu. 31 August 2014.
  18. ^ Iboyaima Laithangam. "Najma Heptullah sworn in as Manipur Governor". The Hindu. 21 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Ganga Prasad sworn in as Meghalaya Governor". The Indian Express. 5 October 2017.
  20. ^ Rahul Karmakar. "Kummanam Rajasekharan sworn-in as Mizoram Governor amid opposition". The Hindu. 29 May 2018.
  21. ^ "P B Acharya sworn in as Nagaland Governor". Business Standard. 19 July 2014.
  22. ^ "Ganeshi Lal sworn in as new governor of Odisha". The Hindu. 30 May 2018.
  23. ^ a b "V.P. Singh Badnore sworn in as new Punjab Governor". The Indian Express. 22 August 2016.
  24. ^ "Kalyan Singh sworn-in as Rajasthan Governor". The Hindu. 4 September 2014.
  25. ^ "Message of Hon’ble Governor of Sikkim Shri Shriniwas Patil on the assumption of Office". The Raj Bhavan, Gangtok, Sikkim. 20 July 2013.
  26. ^ "Banwarilal Purohit sworn in as Tamil Nadu governor". The Indian Express. 6 October 2017.
  27. ^ "E S L Narasimhan sworn in as Governor of Telangana". The Hindu. 2 June 2014.
  28. ^ "Tathagata Roy sworn in as Governor of Tripura". The Hindu. 20 May 2015.
  29. ^ . "Ram Naik sworn in as Uttar Pradesh Governor". India Today. 22 July 2014.
  30. ^ . "KK Paul sworn in as Uttarakhand Governor". The Tribune. 8 January 2015.
  31. ^ "Mamata competent to deal with all problems of State: Governor". The Hindu. 25 July 2014.
  32. ^ Lt. Governors & Administrators. Retrieved on 3 September 2015.
  33. ^ "Admiral D K Joshi (Retd.) sworn in as the 13th Lt. Governor of A& N Islands ". The Island Reflector. 8 October 2017.
  34. ^ List of Former Administrators. Administration of Dadra and Nagar Haveli. Retrieved on 30 December 2016.
  35. ^ List of Former Administrators. Administration of Daman and Diu. Retrieved on 21 September 2016.
  36. ^ "Anil Baijal sworn in as Delhi Lieutenant-Governor". The Hindu. 31 December 2016.
  37. ^ Bio-data of the Hon'ble Administrator. Official Website of Union Territory of Lakshadweep. Retrieved on 21 September 2016.
  38. ^ "Kiran Bedi takes oath as Lt. Governor of Puducherry". The Times of India. 29 May 2016.

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