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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 and since 1987 the Administrator of Dadra and Nagar Haveli has also been the ex-officio Administrator of Daman and Diu.

Contents

Current governors of states

State
(past governors)
Name[2] Portrait Took office
(tenure length)
Ref.
Andhra Pradesh
(list)
E. S. L. Narasimhan   28 December 2009
(9 years, 138 days)
[3]
Arunachal Pradesh
(list)
B. D. Mishra
  3 October 2017
(1 year, 224 days)
[4]
Assam
(list)
Jagdish Mukhi   10 October 2017
(1 year, 217 days)
[5]
Bihar
(list)
Lalji Tandon
  23 August 2018
(265 days)
[6]
Chhattisgarh
(list)
Anandiben Patel
(additional charge)
  15 August 2018
(273 days)
[7]
Goa
(list)
Mridula Sinha   31 August 2014
(4 years, 257 days)
[8]
Gujarat
(list)
Om Prakash Kohli   16 July 2014
(4 years, 303 days)
[9]
Haryana
(list)
Satyadev Narayan Arya   25 August 2018
(263 days)
[10]
Himachal Pradesh
(list)
Acharya Dev Vrat   12 August 2015
(3 years, 276 days)
[11]
Jammu and Kashmir
(list)
Satya Pal Malik   23 August 2018
(265 days)
[12]
Jharkhand
(list)
Draupadi Murmu   18 May 2015
(3 years, 362 days)
[13]
Karnataka
(list)
Vajubhai Vala   1 September 2014
(4 years, 256 days)
[14]
Kerala
(list)
P. Sathasivam   5 September 2014
(4 years, 252 days)
[15]
Madhya Pradesh
(list)
Anandiben Patel   23 January 2018
(1 year, 112 days)
[16]
Maharashtra
(list)
C. Vidyasagar Rao   30 August 2014
(4 years, 258 days)
[17]
Manipur
(list)
Najma Heptulla   21 August 2016
(2 years, 267 days)
[18]
Meghalaya
(list)
Tathagata Roy
  25 August 2018
(263 days)
[19]
Mizoram
(list)
Jagdish Mukhi
(additional charge)
  9 March 2019
(67 days)
[20]
Nagaland
(list)
Padmanabha Acharya   19 July 2014
(4 years, 300 days)
[21]
Odisha
(list)
Ganeshi Lal   29 May 2018
(351 days)
[22]
Punjab
(list)
V. P. Singh Badnore   22 August 2016
(2 years, 266 days)
[23]
Rajasthan
(list)
Kalyan Singh   4 September 2014
(4 years, 253 days)
[24]
Sikkim
(list)
Ganga Prasad   26 August 2018
(262 days)
[25]
Tamil Nadu
(list)
Banwarilal Purohit
  6 October 2017
(1 year, 221 days)
[26]
Telangana
(list)
E. S. L. Narasimhan
(additional charge)
  2 June 2014
(4 years, 347 days)
[27]
Tripura
(list)
Kaptan Singh Solanki   25 August 2018
(263 days)
[28]
Uttar Pradesh
(list)
Ram Naik   22 July 2014
(4 years, 297 days)
[29]
Uttarakhand
(list)
Baby Rani Maurya   26 August 2018
(262 days)
[30]
West Bengal
(list)
Keshari Nath Tripathi   24 July 2014
(4 years, 295 days)
[31]

Current lieutenant governors and administrators of union territories

Office and union territory
(past officeholders)
Name[32] Portrait Took office
(tenure length)
Ref
Lieutenant Governor of
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
(list)
Devendra Kumar Joshi   8 October 2017
(1 year, 219 days)
[33]
Administrator of
Chandigarh
(list)
V. P. Singh Badnore   22 August 2016
(2 years, 266 days)
[23]
Administrator of
Dadra and Nagar Haveli
(list)
Praful Khoda Patel   30 December 2016
(2 years, 136 days)
[34]
Administrator of
Daman and Diu
(list)
Praful Khoda Patel   29 August 2016
(2 years, 259 days)
[35]
Lieutenant Governor of
Delhi
(list)
Anil Baijal   31 December 2016
(2 years, 135 days)
[36]
Administrator of
Lakshadweep
(list)
Farooq Khan   6 September 2016
(2 years, 251 days)
[37]
Lieutenant Governor of
Puducherry
(list)
Kiran Bedi   29 May 2016
(2 years, 351 days)
[38]

See also

References

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  4. ^ Samudra Gupta Kashyap. "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. Press Trust of India. 10 October 2017.
  6. ^ Amarnath Tewary. "Lalji Tandon sworn in as Bihar Governor". The Hindu. 23 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Anandiben Patel sworn in as Chhattisgarh Governor". NDTV. Press Trust of India. 15 August 2018.
  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. ^ "Satyadev Narayan Arya takes oath as new Haryana Governor". The Tribune. Press Trust of India. 25 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Dev Vrat sworn in as H.P. Governor". The Hindu. 13 August 2015.
  12. ^ "Satya Pal Malik sworn in as Jammu and Kashmir governor". The Economic Times. Press Trust of India. 23 August 2018.
  13. ^ "Draupadi Murmu sworn in as first woman Governor of Jharkhand". The Hindu. Press Trust of India. 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. Press Trust of India. 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. ^ Rining Lyngdoh. "Roy sworn in as Meghalaya governor". The Telegraph. 26 August 2018.
  20. ^ "Jagdish Mukhi sworn in as governor of Mizoram". NDTV. Press Trust of India. 9 March 2019.
  21. ^ "P B Acharya sworn in as Nagaland Governor". Business Standard. Press Trust of India. 19 July 2014.
  22. ^ "Ganeshi Lal sworn in as new governor of Odisha". The Hindu. Press Trust of India. 30 May 2018.
  23. ^ a b "V.P. Singh Badnore sworn in as new Punjab Governor". The Indian Express. Press Trust of India. 22 August 2016.
  24. ^ "Kalyan Singh sworn-in as Rajasthan Governor". The Hindu. Press Trust of India. 4 September 2014.
  25. ^ "Ganga Prasad sworn in as Sikkim Governor". Business Standard. Press Trust of India. 26 August 2018.
  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. Press Trust of India. 2 June 2014.
  28. ^ "Solanki becomes new Tripura Guv". Business Standard. Press Trust of India. 25 August 2018.
  29. ^ "Ram Naik sworn in as Uttar Pradesh Governor". India Today. Press Trust of India. 22 July 2014.
  30. ^ "Baby Rani Maurya sworn in as new Uttarakhand governor". The Economic Times. Press Trust of India. 26 August 2018.
  31. ^ "Mamata competent to deal with all problems of State: Governor". The Hindu. 25 July 2014.
  32. ^ "Lt. Governors & Administrators". India.gov.in. Retrieved on 29 August 2018.
  33. ^ "Admiral D K Joshi (Retd.) sworn in as the 13th Lt. Governor of A& N Islands". The Island Reflector. 8 October 2017. Archived from the original on 22 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" Archived 21 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine 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.