Chennai/Nagpur: Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit was sworn-in by Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee at the Raj Bhavan in Chennai on Friday.
The Chief Justice administered the oath of office to the new Governor in the lawns of the Raj Bhavan.
Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker M. Thambi Durai, Minister of State Pon. Radhakrishnan, Speaker of State Legislative Assembly P. Dhanapal and Leader of Opposition M.K. Stalin were present.
Judges of the Madras High Court, Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan, DGP T.K. Rajendran and senior officials of the State government and members of the Consular Corps were also present.
Mr. Purohit, a public personality involved in social, political, educational and industrial fields of Vidarbha in Maharashtra, plunged into active politics in 1977.
He entered the Maharashtra Assembly for the first time in 1978 from the Nagpur east seat. He was re-elected in 1980 from Nagpur south and became a minister in 1982.
In 1984 and 1989, Mr. Purohit was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Nagpur-Kamptee seat and was a member of the Parliamentary Consultative Committee of Defence Ministry.
He was re-elected from the Lok Sabha seat in 1996 and 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.
Mr. Purohit is also credited with the revival of ‘The Hitavada’, an English daily founded by Gopal Krishna Gokhale, a mentor to Mahatma Gandhi.
Under him, ‘The Hitavada’ became a leading newspaper of central India and apart from its headquarters edition at Nagpur, the daily also launched editions from Jabalpur, Raipur, and Bhopal.
Mr. Purohit was appointed as Governor of Assam State by the President of India on August 17, 2016. He has been thrice elected as a member of Parliament from Nagpur, twice on the Indian National Congress’s ticket and once as a BJP member.