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In India, a governor is the constitutional head of each of the twenty-eight 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, who thus hold 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 union government–appointed governor.[1] The union territories of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Puducherry are headed by lieutenant governors.

Sarojini Naidu was the first female to become the governor of an Indian state.[2] She governed Uttar Pradesh from 15 August 1947 to 2 March 1949. Her daughter, Padmaja Naidu, is the longest-serving female governor with 11-year tenure in West Bengal.[3] Tamilisai Soundararajan is the recentmost appointment as the first female governor of Telangana.[4]

Governors

Key

*  Incumbent Governor

S. No. Name Image From To Term length State Ref.
1 Sarojini Naidu
15 August 1947 2 March 1949 1 year, 199 days Uttar Pradesh [5]
2 Padmaja Naidu  – 3 November 1956 31 May 1967 10 years, 209 days West Bengal [6]
3 Vijayalakshmi Pandit
28 November 1962 18 October 1964 1 year, 325 days Maharashtra [7]
4 Sharda Mukherjee  – 5 May 1977 14 August 1978 1 year, 101 days Andhra Pradesh [8]
14 August 1978 5 August 1983 4 years, 356 days Gujarat [9]
5 Jothi Venkatachalam  – 14 October 1977 27 October 1982 5 years, 13 days Kerala [10]
6 Kumudben Joshi  – 26 November 1985 2 February 1990 4 years, 68 days Andhra Pradesh [11]
7 Ram Dulari Sinha  – 23 February 1988 12 February 1990 1 year, 354 days Kerala [10]
8 Sarla Grewal  – 31 March 1989 5 February 1990 311 days Madhya Pradesh [12]
9 Sheila Kaul  – 17 November 1995 23 April 1996 158 days Himachal Pradesh [13]
10 Fathima Beevi  – 25 January 1997 1 July 2001 4 years, 157 days Tamil Nadu [14]
11 V. S. Ramadevi
26 July 1997 1 December 1999 2 years, 128 days Himachal Pradesh [13]
2 December 1999 20 August 2002 2 years, 261 days Karnataka [15]
12 Pratibha Patil
8 November 2004 23 June 2007 2 years, 227 days Rajasthan [16]
13 Prabha Rau  – 19 July 2008 24 January 2010 1 year, 189 days Himachal Pradesh [13]
25 January 2010 26 April 2010 91 days Rajasthan [17]
14 Margaret Alva
6 August 2009 14 May 2012 2 years, 262 days Uttarakhand [18]
12 May 2012 7 August 2014 2 years, 87 days Rajasthan [19]
15 Kamla Beniwal  – 27 November 2009 6 July 2014 4 years, 221 days Gujarat [20]
6 July 2014 6 August 2014 31 days Mizoram [21]
16 Urmila Singh
25 January 2010 27 January 2015 5 years, 2 days Himachal Pradesh [22]
17 Sheila Dikshit
11 March 2014 25 August 2014 167 days Kerala [23]
18 Mridula Sinha
31 August 2014 2 November 2019 5 years, 63 days Goa [24]
19 Draupadi Murmu
18 May 2015 6 July 2021 6 years, 49 days Jharkhand [25]
20 Najma Heptulla*
21 August 2016 Incumbent 4 years, 337 days Manipur [26]
21 Anandiben Patel*
23 January 2018 28 July 2019 1 year, 186 days Madhya Pradesh [27]
15 August 2018 28 July 2019 347 days Chhattisgarh [28]
29 July 2019 Incumbent 1 year, 360 days Uttar Pradesh [29]
22 Baby Rani Maurya*
26 August 2018 Incumbent 2 years, 332 days Uttarakhand [30]
23 Anusuiya Uikey*
29 July 2019 Incumbent 1 year, 360 days Chhattisgarh [31]
24 Tamilisai Soundararajan* 8 September 2019 Incumbent 1 year, 319 days Telangana [32]

Lieutenant governors

Key

*  Incumbent Lieutenant Governor

S. No. Name Image From To Term length Union territory Ref.
1 Chandrawati 19 February 1990 18 December 1990 302 days Puducherry [33]
2 Rajendra Kumari Bajpai 2 May 1995 22 April 1998 2 years, 355 days Puducherry [33]
3 Rajani Rai 23 April 1998 29 July 2002 4 years, 97 days Puducherry [33]
4 Kiran Bedi
29 May 2016 16 February 2021 4 years, 263 days Puducherry [34]
5 Tamilisai Soundararajan*
(additional charge)
18 February 2021 Incumbent 156 days Puducherry

See also

References

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