List of governors of Purvanchal

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Governor of Purvanchal
Emblem of Friends Society (Gold).svg
Mridul AminP.jpg
Last in office
Mridul Amin
13 May – 8 June 2020
StatusAbolished
ResidenceRaj Bhavan
AppointerPresident of Friends Society
Term lengthAt the pleasure of the President
Inaugural holderArnab Sil
Formation1 January 2017
Final holderMridul Amin
Abolished8 June 2020
SuccessionRajpramukh of Purvanchal

The Governor of Purvanchal was the head of state of Vishwamitran state of Purvanchal during its republican era. The governor served as the principal representative of the President in the state and was responsible for the affairs and administration of the state.

Following the abolition of the republic and the establishment of the monarchy on 8 June 2020, the responsibilities and functions of the governor was transferred to the Rajpramukh of Purvanchal who is the hereditary monarch of the state and a member of the Conference of Rulers.

History

Purvanchal was created as the third state of the union by bifurcating it from the then state of North Guwahati through an act of the parliament on 1 January 2017. It was known as "Greater Guwahati" at the time of its creation and was later renamed as "Brihattar Guwahati" on 7 May 2017. Since the creation of the state, a governor appointed by the President served as the head of state of Purvanchal. Arnab Sil, then leader of opposition in the parliament was appointed as the first governor on 2 January 2017 and was sworn-in to office nine days later on 11 January 2017. On 2 February 2020, the role of the governor was replaced by the Governor-General who became the head of the dominion of Purvanchal. Prior to the appointment of the governor-general, most governors who were appointed were non-local to the state exception to the first office-holder. The position of governor was re-introduced in May 2020.

Purvanchal, being the largest state in terms of population, was always a lobby for politicians who were appointed as governors and served as a prestige and status symbol for those who served as the state governor. Rajdeep Deka, the serving governor of Purvanchal was transferred to Basistha as governor after its creation on 7 May 2017.

Arnab Deka was the longest serving governor of the state who served in office for 1 year, 214 days. The last office-holder was Mridul Amin who was appointed on 13 May 2020 and ceased office on 8 June 2020.

Functions and role

The governor of Purvanchal was the head of state of the state of Purvanchal who served in office on the pleasure of the President who was the appointer. The functions of the governor included:

  • discharging the day-to-day affairs of the state.
  • maintain law and order and general administration of the state.
  • communicate and brief the President about activities in the state.
  • appoint the chief minister and other officials upon approval of the President.

List

  Acting/caretaker governor or administrator
No. Portrait Name Tenure of office Appointer Notes
Took office Left office Term
Governors of Greater Guwahati (1 January – 7 May 2017)
1 Portrait of Arnab Sil.png Arnab Sil
अर्नब सिल
(born 2004)
2 January
2017
12 April
2017
100 days Acting President
Sarala Baishya
Leader of Opposition Arnab Sil was appointed as the first Governor of Greater Guwahati following its bifurcation on 1 January 2017. He remained as Governor until his resignation on 12 April 2017 after his appointed as Deputy Prime Minister.
2 Man without face.svg Rajdeep Deka
राजदीप डेका
(born 2002)
12 April
2017
7 May
2017
25 days President
Dhrubajyoti Roy
Rajdeep Deka who served as a Minister of State in the outgoing Fourth Dhrubajyoti Roy ministry was appointed as the Governor of Greater Guwahati on 12 April 2017 and remained in office until his transfer and subsequent appointment as the Governor of Basistha on 7 May 2017.
Governors of Brihattar Guwahati (7 May 2017 – 29 July 2019)
3 Portrait of Anoushkaa Patranabish in 2018.jpg Anoushkaa Patranabish
अनुष्का पत्रनाबिश
(born 2010)
7 May
2017
5 July
2017
59 days President
Dhrubajyoti Roy
Anoushkaa Patranabish, the Governor of Beltola was transferred and appointed as the Governor of Brihattar Guwahati on 7 May 2017 and she remained in office until her resignation on 5 July 2017 in order to join the union council of ministers.
4 Arnab Deka in 2017.jpg Arnab Deka
अर्नब देका
(born 2002)
5 July
2017
23 April
2018
1 year, 214 days Arnab Deka was appointed as the Governor of Brihattar Guwahati for the first time on 5 July 2017 and subsequently for a second term in office on 23 April 2018. He remained in office until his transfer and subsequent appointment as the Governor of Beltola on 4 February 2019. He is till date the longest serving governor of Purvanchal with a tenure of 1 year and 214 days.
23 April
2018
4 February
2019
President
Anoushkaa Patranabish
5 Reshmi Hazarika.jpg Reshmi Hazarika
रेशमी हजारिका
(born 2003)
4 February
2019
20 July
2019
166 days President
Dhrubajyoti Roy
Reshmi Hazarika, the Governor of Uttar Guwahati was transferred and appointed as the Governor of Brihattar Guwahati for a fresh tenure on 4 February 2019 and remained in office until her retransfer and reappointment as Governor of Uttar Guwahati on 20 July 2019.
6 Anirban Phatowali new photo.jpg Anirban Phatowali
अनिर्बान फतोवाली
(born 2009)
20 July
2019
29 July
2019
9 days Anirban Phatowali, the Governor of Madhya Guwahati was transferred and appointed as the Governor of Brihattar Guwahati on 20 July 2019.
Governors of Purvanchal (29 July 2019 – 2 February 2020)
(6) Anirban Phatowali new photo.jpg Anirban Phatowali
अनिर्बान फतोवाली
(born 2009)
29 July
2019
1 September
2019
34 days President
Dhrubajyoti Roy
Anirban Phatowali continued as the Governor of Purvanchal until his resignation on 1 September 2019.
- Man without face.svg Rajdeep Deka
राजदीप डेका
(born 2002)
(Acting)
1 September
2019
4 September
2019
3 days Rajdeep Deka, the Governor of Kamrup Pradesh was assigned the additional duties of the Governor of Purvanchal on 1 September 2019 following the resignation of Anirban Phatowali.
(2) Man without face.svg Rajdeep Deka
राजदीप डेका
(born 2002)
4 September
2019
9 December
2019
96 days Rajdeep Deka was subsequently appointed as the full-time Governor of Purvanchal on 4 September 2019 relieving him of his duties as the Governor of Kamrup Pradesh. He remained in office until his resignation on 9 December 2019 in order to join the union cabinet.
7 Woman without face.svg Asmi Patranabis
अस्मी पत्रनाबिस
(born 2007)
9 December
2019
2 February
2020
55 days Asmi Patranabis was appointed as the Governor of Purvanchal on 9 December 2019 following the resignation of Rajdeep Deka. She remained in office until her appointment as the Governor-General of Beltola on 2 February 2020.
Governors-General of Purvanchal (2 February – 13 May 2020)
8 Man without face.svg Bhargab Jyoti Medhi
भार्गब ज्योति मेधी
(born 2001)
2 February
2020
13 May
2020
101 days President
Dhrubajyoti Roy
Bhargab Jyoti Medhi, the Governor of Beltola became the first Governor-General of Purvanchal on 2 February 2020 and remained in office until 13 May 2020.
Governors of Purvanchal (13 May – 8 June 2020)
(5) Mridul AminP.jpg Mohammad Mridul Amin
मोहम्मद मृदुल अमीन
(born 2002)
13 May
2020
8 June
2020
26 days President
Dhrubajyoti Roy
Mohammad Mridul Amin was appointed as the Governor of Purvanchal on 13 May 2020 and remained in office till the abolition of the gubernatorial position on 8 June 2020.
Position abolished on 8 June 2020.
The position of the Governor was replaced by that of the hereditary ruler of Purvanchal, the Rajpramukh of Purvanchal.

See also