Banwarilal Purohit was sworn in as 25th Governor of Tamil Nadu. He was administered oath of office and secrecy by Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee. He was transferred from post of Governor of Assam by President Ram Nath Kovind.
He will take charge from C Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of Maharashtra who was hold additional charge after tenure of K. Rosaiah had ended on 31 August 2016.
Mr. Purohit is public personality involved in social, political, educational and industrial fields of Vidarbha, Maharashtra. He had plunged into active politics in 1977 and was elected for first time as MLA in Maharashtra Assembly in 1978 from Nagpur. He was re-elected in 1980 from Nagpur south and became minister in 1982.
In 1984 and 1989, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Nagpur-Kamptee seat and was member of Parliamentary Consultative Committee of Defence Ministry. He was re-elected from Lok Sabha seat in 1996 and served as a member of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee on Home Affairs, Standing Committee on Defence and also Public Sector Undertaking Committee.
He is also credited with revival of ‘The Hitavada’, an English daily founded by Gopal Krishna Gokhale, a mentor to Mahatma Gandhi. Under him, the daily bad became leading newspaper of central India and apart from its headquarters edition at Nagpur, daily also launched editions from Jabalpur, Raipur, and Bhopal.