Governor of Chhattisgarh
Biswabhusan Harichandan
since 12 February 2023
StyleHis Excellency
ResidenceRaj Bhavan; Raipur
AppointerPresident of India
Term lengthFive Years
Inaugural holderD. N. Sahay
Formation1 November 2000; 23 years ago (2000-11-01)

The Governor of Chhattisgarh (Hindi: छत्तीसगढ़ के राज्यपाल) is the nominal head of state of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh and a representative of the president of India. The governor is appointed by the president for a term of five years. The official residence of the governor is Raj Bhavan.

The position of the governor of Chhattisgarh came into existence following the creation of the state in November 2000 as a result of the bifurcation of Madhya Pradesh. The first governor to be appointed was Dinesh Nandan Sahay who served in office between 2000 and 2003. The current governor is Biswabhusan Harichandan who has been in office since 23 February 2023.

Powers and functions

Chhattisgarh is in central India.

See also: Governors of India § Powers and functions

The governor enjoys many different types of powers:

Apart from enjoying various constitutional powers, the governor of Chhattisgarh is the ex-officio Chancellor of the state universities of Chhattisgarh. The universities include Atal Bihari Vajpayee Vishwavidyalaya, Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Memorial Health Sciences and Ayush University of Chhattisgarh, Bastar Vishwavidyalaya, Chhattisgarh Kamdhenu Vishwavidyalaya, Hemchand Yadav Vishwavidyalaya, Indira Kala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya, Sarguja University, etc.


The inaugural governor of Chhattisgarh was retired Indian Police Service officer and former Bihar DGP Dinesh Nandan Sahay who served in office since the state's creation in November 2000 until he swapped positions with then Governor of Tripura Lieutenant General Krishna Mohan Seth (retired) in June 2003. Seth served in office until retiring in January 2007 and was succeeded by former Intelligence Bureau director E. S. L. Narasimhan. Narasimhan served as the state's governor until being permanently transferred as Governor of Andhra Pradesh in January 2010, a position he was holding on additional basis since December 2009 following the resignation of N. D. Tiwari. Following the transfer of Narasimhan, former Defence Secretary Shekhar Dutt was appointed as the governor and he remained in office until resigning in June 2014.

Following Dutt's resignation, Madhya Pradesh governor Ram Naresh Yadav briefly acted as the state's governor. He was relieved of the additional duties following the appointment of Balram Das Tandon the following month. Tandon remained the governor until his demise in office on 14 August 2018, thus becoming the first and only sitting governor of the state to die in office. He was succeeded by Madhya Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel on acting basis who served till July the next year and was succeeded by Anusuiya Uikey. Uikey served as the state's governor until February 2023 and was transferred as Governor of Manipur and was succeeded by Andhra Pradesh governor Biswabhusan Harichandan. Harichandan has since then being the governor of the state.


No. Portrait Name
(born – died)
Home state Tenure in office Immediate prior position held Appointed by
From To Time in office
1 Dinesh Nandan Sahay
IPS (Retd.)
Bihar 1 November
1 June
2 years, 212 days Director-General of Bihar Police K. R. Narayanan
2 Lieutenant General (Retd.)
Krishna Mohan Seth
(born 1939)
Uttar Pradesh 2 June
25 January
3 years, 237 days Governor of Tripura A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
3 E. S. L. Narasimhan
IPS (Retd.)
Tamil Nadu 26 January
23 January
2 years, 362 days Director of the Intelligence Bureau
4 Shekhar Dutt
SM IAS (Retd.)
(born 1945)
Assam 23 January
19 June
4 years, 147 days Deputy National Security Advisor Pratibha Patil
Ram Naresh Yadav
Governor of Madhya Pradesh

(Additional Charge)
Uttar Pradesh 19 June
14 July
25 days Governor of Madhya Pradesh (continued) Pranab Mukherjee
5 Balram Das Tandon
Punjab 18 July
14 August
4 years, 27 days Cabinet Minister, Punjab (until 2002)
Anandiben Patel
Governor of Madhya Pradesh
(born 1941)

(Additional Charge)
Gujarat 15 August
28 July
347 days Governor of Madhya Pradesh (continued) Ram Nath Kovind
6 Anusuiya Uikey
(born 1957)
Madhya Pradesh 29 July
22 February
3 years, 208 days Vice-Chairperson, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes
7 Biswabhusan Harichandan
(born 1934)
Odisha 23 February
Incumbent 1 year, 17 days Governor of Andhra Pradesh Droupadi Murmu

See also


  1. ^ ThePrint (23 February 2023). "Biswa Bhusan Harichandan sworn in as Chhattisgarh governor". Archived from the original on 14 December 2023. Retrieved 14 December 2023.