Banwarilal Purohit was appointed as the Governor of Tamil Nadu on Saturday, while Jagdish Mukhi will take the place of Purohit as the Assam Governor.
The appointments of five governors, including for Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya, and Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands were announced by President Ram Nath Kovind in New Delhi.
Purohit, born 16 April 1940, is an Indian politician from the Vidarbha region. He was appointed as the Governor of Assam on 17 August 2016. He was a Member of Parliament from the Nagpur constituency three times, twice as an Indian National Congress member, once as a BJP member.
He first joined the All India Forward Bloc. Later he joined the Congress. After Indira Gandhi split the Congress party and formed Congress (Indira), Purohit was elected as MLA from Nagpur East constituency in 1978, contesting as a member of Congress (I), and he was re-elected in 1980 from Nagpur South and became a minister of state for urban development, slum improvement and housing in 1982.
In 1984, he was elected to the 8th Lok Sabha as member of Congress Party. He was re-elected in 1989 on a Congress ticket.
Later, he joined Bharatiya Janata Party when it launched a movement to build the Ram Temple in Ayodhya and contested Lok Sabha elections in 1991 as the party's candidate. But he lost to Datta Meghe of Indian National Congress. In 1996, he was elected to 11th Lok Sabha as BJP's candidate.
In 1999, he quit the BJP to join the Indian National Congress after he developed serious differences with Pramod Mahajan. He contested the Lok Sabha elections from Ramtek in 1999 but lost.
In 2003, he launched his own party called Vidarbha Rajya Party and contested the Lok Sabha elections from Nagpur in 2004. In 2009, he once again contested on BJP's ticket but lost the election to Vilas Muttemwar of Indian National Congress.
In August 2016, Purohit was appointed as the Governor of Assam, replacing Padmanabha Acharya who had additional in-charge of Assam.
Purohit had gained ownership of Nagpur newspaper The Hitavada from Servants of India Society in 1979. The newspaper was launched by Gopal Krishna Gokhale in 1911 and Purohit is its current managing editor. He is also the chairman of Shri Ramdeobaba college of engineering and management in Nagpur.