Governor of Maharashtra
Incumbent
Ramesh Bais
since 18 February 2023
StyleThe Honourable (formal)
Mr.Governor (informal)
His/Her Excellency
AbbreviationGOM
ResidenceRaj Bhavan, Mumbai

Raj Bhavan, Nagpur Raj Bhavan, Pune

Raj Bhavan, Mahabaleshwar
AppointerPresident of India
Term lengthFive years
PrecursorGovernor of Maharashtra
Inaugural holderRaja Maharaj Singh
Formation24 March 1943 (80 years ago) (1943-03-24)
WebsiteMaharashtra Raj Bhavan

The Governor of Maharashtra is the ceremonial head of the state of Maharashtra. The Constitution of India confers the executive powers of the state to the governor, however the de facto executive powers lie with the Council of Ministers.[1]

Ramesh Bais is the current governor of Maharashtra since February 13, 2023.

Powers and duties

The governor formally appoints many of the state officials, including the advocate general of Bombay, the Lokayukta and Upa Lokayukta, the state election commissioner, the chairman and members of the Maharashtra Administrative Tribunal, the chairman and members of the Mahtrarashtra State Human Rights Commission, the chairman and members of the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC), the chairmen and members of the three development boards, the sheriff of Bombay, and the state chief information commissioner.

Governors of Maharashtra

This is a list of governors of Maharashtra:[2]

No. Portrait Name
(born – died)
Home state Tenure in office Immediate prior position held Appointed by
From To Time in office
Governor of Bombay State
1 Raja Sir Maharaj Singh
CIE CStJ
(1878–1959)
Punjab 6 January
1948
30 May
1952
4 years, 145 days President, All India Conference of Indian Christians Lord Louis Mountbatten
(Governor-General)
2 Sir Girija Shankar Bajpai
KCSI KBE CIE
(1891–1954)
Uttar Pradesh 30 May
1952
5 December
1954[†]
2 years, 189 days Secretary-General, Ministry of External Affairs Rajendra Prasad
(President)
Justice
M. C. Chagla
Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
(1900–1981)

(Acting)
Bombay 5 December
1954
2 March
1955
87 days Chief Justice of Bombay High Court (continued in office)
3 Harekrushna Mahatab
(1899–1987)
Orissa 2 March
1955
14 October
1956[§]
1 year, 226 days Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
Justice
M. C. Chagla
Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
(1900–1981)

(Acting)
Bombay 14 October
1956
10 December
1956
57 days Chief Justice of Bombay High Court (continued)
4 Sri Prakasa
(1890–1971)
Uttar Pradesh 10 December
1956
30 April
1960
3 years, 142 days Governor of Madras State
Governor of Maharashtra
(4) Sri Prakasa
(1890–1971)
Uttar Pradesh 1 May
1960
16 April
1962
1 year, 350 days Governor of Bombay State Rajendra Prasad
(President)
5 P. Subbarayan
(1889–1962)
Madras 17 April
1962
6 October
1962[†]
172 days Union Cabinet Minister for Transport and Communications
Justice
H. K. Chainani
Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
(1904–1965)

(Acting)
Maharashtra 6 October
1962
28 November
1962
53 days Chief Justice of Bombay High Court (continued) Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
(President)
6 Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
(1900–1990)
Uttar Pradesh 28 November
1962
18 October
1964[§]
1 year, 325 days High Commissioner to the United Kingdom;
Ambassador to Ireland and Spain
Justice
H. K. Chainani
Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
(1904–1965)

(Acting)
Maharashtra 18 October
1964
14 November
1964
27 days Chief Justice of Bombay High Court (continued)
7 P. V. Cherian
(1893–1969)
Madras 14 November
1964
8 November
1969[†]
4 years, 359 days Chairman of Madras Legislative Council
Justice
S. P. Kotval
Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
(1910–1987)

(Acting)
Maharashtra 8 November
1969
26 February
1970
110 days Chief Justice of Bombay High Court (continued) V. V. Giri
(President)
8 Ali Yavar Jung
(1906–1976)
Telangana 26 February
1970
11 December
1976[†]
6 years, 289 days Ambassador to the United States
Justice
R. M. Kantawala
Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
(1916–1992)

(Acting)
Maharashtra 11 December
1976
30 April
1977
140 days Chief Justice of Bombay High Court (continued) Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
(President)
9 Sadiq Ali
(1910–2001)
Rajasthan 30 April
1977
8 November
1980
3 years, 192 days President, Indian National Congress (Organisation) (until 1973) B. D. Jatti
(Acting President)
10 Air Chief Marshal (Retd.)
Om Prakash Mehra
PVSM
(1919–2015)
Punjab 8 November
1980
5 March
1982
1 year, 117 days Chief of the Air Staff (until 1976) Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
(President)
11 Air Chief Marshal (Retd.)
Idris Hasan Latif
PVSM
(1923–2018)
Telangana 6 March
1982
16 April
1985[§]
3 years, 41 days Chief of the Air Staff (until 1981)
Justice
Konda Madhava Reddy
Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
(1923–1997)

(Acting)
Telangana 16 April
1985
30 May
1985
44 days Chief Justice of Bombay High Court (continued) Zail Singh
(President)
12 Kona Prabhakara Rao
(1916–1990)
Andhra Pradesh 31 May
1985
2 April
1986
306 days Governor of Sikkim
13 Shankar Dayal Sharma
(1918–1999)
Madhya Pradesh 3 April
1986
2 September
1987[§]
1 year, 152 days Governor of Punjab and
Administrator of Chandigarh
Justice
S. K. Desai
Acting Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
(1928–2011)

(Acting)
Maharashtra 3 September
1987
2 November
1987
60 days Judge of Bombay High Court (continued) R. Venkataraman
(President)
Justice
Chittatosh Mookerjee
Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
(born 1929)

(Acting)
West Bengal 2 November
1987
20 February
1988
110 days} Chief Justice of Bombay High Court (continued)
14 Kasu Brahmananda Reddy
(1909–1994)
Andhra Pradesh 20 February
1988
18 January
1990[§]
1 year, 332 days Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha
(until 1984)
Justice
Chittatosh Mookerjee
Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
(born 1929)

(Acting)
West Bengal 18 January
1990
14 February
1990
27 days Chief Justice of Bombay High Court (continued)
15 Chidambaram Subramaniam
(1910–2000)
Tamil Nadu 15 February
1990
9 January
1993[§]
2 years, 329 days Union Cabinet Minister of Defence (until 1980)
16 P. C. Alexander
IAS (Retd.)
(1921–2011)
Kerala 12 January
1993
13 July
2002[§]
9 years, 182 days Governor of Tamil Nadu (until 1990) Shankar Dayal Sharma
(President)
Justice
C. K. Thakker
Chief Justice of Bombay High Court
(born 1943)

(Acting)
Gujarat 13 July
2002
10 October
2002
89 days Chief Justice of Bombay High Court (continued) K. R. Narayanan
(President)
17 Mohammed Fazal
(1922–2014)
Uttar Pradesh 10 October
2002
5 December
2004
2 years, 56 days Governor of Goa A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
(President)
18 S. M. Krishna
(born 1932)
Karnataka 12 December
2004
5 March
2008[§]
3 years, 84 days Chief Minister of Karnataka (until May 2004)
19 S. C. Jamir
(born 1931)
(Additional charge until
8 July 2008)
Nagaland 9 March
2008
8 July
2008
1 year, 319 days Governor of Goa Pratibha Patil
(President)
8 July
2008
22 January
2010
20 K. Sankaranarayanan
(1932–2022)
Kerala 22 January
2010
7 May
2012
4 years, 214 days Governor of Jharkhand
7 May
2012
24 August
2014[§]
Om Prakash Kohli
Governor of Gujarat
(1935–2023)

(Additional Charge)
Delhi 24 August
2014
30 August
2014
6 days Governor of Gujarat (continued) Pranab Mukherjee
(President)
21 C. Vidyasagar Rao
(born 1941)
Telangana 30 August
2014
4 September
2019
5 years, 5 days Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry (until 2004)
22 Bhagat Singh Koshyari
(born 1942)
Uttarakhand 5 September
2019
17 February
2023[§]
3 years, 165 days Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha (until May 2019) Ram Nath Kovind
(President)
23 Ramesh Bais
(born 1947)
Chhattisgarh 18 February
2023
Incumbent 353 days Governor of Jharkhand Droupadi Murmu
(President)

See also

References

  1. ^ "Governor - Information under RTI Act" (PDF). p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 February 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Previous Governors". Rajbhavan, Government of Maharashtra. Archived from the original on 6 February 2009. Retrieved 7 December 2017.